Water Metering Tasmania

Statewide, Tas

Total funding: Total project cost of over $50 million, with funding of $10 million from the Australian Government under the National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns (NWSPCT) and the remaining funding provided by the Tasmanian Water and Sewerage Corporations - Southern Water, Ben Lomond Water and Cradle Mountain Water.

About the project

The Water Metering Tasmania project is a state-wide program to roll out water meters across Tasmania. The Australian Government funding will assist in the installation of new Automated Meter Read (AMR) Water Meters, outside of metropolitan Hobart and Launceston. Meters will be installed to connections that are currently un-metered and where the existing meters do not meet minimum standards. These meters will allow consistent recording of water usage and the introduction of a two tiered pricing system throughout Tasmania.

Project benefits

This project will:

  • save up to 8700 million litres of potable water each year through better leak detection and maintenance and increased household awareness of water-use,
  • introduce a fair and equitable 'user-pays' approach for pricing water to consumers,
  • defer significant investments in water infrastructure as less water will need to be produced, treated and distributed, and
  • improve the health of the environment particularly upstream resources, including rivers and other environmental flows, through better management of downstream water supply and usage.

Progress

The project commenced on 9 March 2011 and is scheduled for completion by 30 June 2012.