While technology for water smart meters has been around for a number of years, its seems that the number of “trials” is dramatically increasing around Australia.
This Fact Sheet from the Australian Water Association provides a good summary of smart water meters: Smart Water Meters
Sydney Water needs to be commended for requesting signed permission to install water smart meters for their trial. See: dd_052935.
Yet South East Water doesn’t request such permission, and conveniently fails to use the word “smart” or “wireless” in describing it new digital water meter. A phone call to South East Water has confirmed that their digital meters are in fact wireless digital smart meters. Clearly, with the Victorian community’s backlash against electricity smart meters, South East Water has chosen to avoid the word “smart” or “wireless” to make their new digital meters more palatable to their customers.
Perhaps is is about time essential services companies operating in Victoria take a leaf from their interstate colleagues and show more respect for their customers’ rights. The aggressiveness and stealth by which many essential services companies in Victoria are installing smart meters is beyond comprehension, and borders on deception and bullying, and in many cases, crosses such borders.