Lichfield Water Meters Read with Bins Collected
A new technology could be used to read water metres using bin lorries.
21:57 02 January 2020
South Staffs Water and Lichfield District Council have introduced a new scheme that allows villagers living near Lichfield to have their water metres read when their bins are being collected. The scheme uses a wireless technology that collect data as bin lorry passes homes every fortnight.
Heidi Knapton, metering manager at South Staffs Water, said: "We’re really excited with the results of the trial so far.
"By working with Lichfield District Council, not only do customers have their water meters read automatically every fortnight, we’ve also been able to identify continuous flows in customers’ homes from the data, which will help to spot leaks.
"We hope to continue the success in the region alongside the council."
Nigel Harris, general manager of the joint waste service at Lichfield District Council and Tamworth Borough Council, said: "This is a great opportunity for us to use the latest technology to provide regular water meter readings.
"We’ve been running the trial for two months and, based on the positive results we’ve seen already, we will continue to roll out the service in the coming months."