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Portsmouth Water selects composite meter in advance of AMR

Portsmouth Water has switched to Europe’s first fully-recyclable water meter – the Sensus 620c composite range – for all future domestic installations.

The company sees environmental and whole-life cost advantages in utilising the latest composite technology, with the meter proven to perform equal to or better than brass-bodied equivalents. The decision also supports Portsmouth Water’s commitment to sustainable procurement.

Portsmouth Water Engineering Director Andy Neve commented:

“Aside from whole life cost considerations and measurement accuracy, it is critical that current and future meter installations underpin both our sustainability agenda and support our current plan to begin a compulsory metering programme utilising Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) technology in 2015.” 

“Sensus composite meters are not only manufactured using lower carbon materials, they are also AMR-ready and therefore meet our primary metering objectives.”

The Sensus 620c is Europe’s first fully recyclable composite water meter. It is free of heavy metal, complies with the most stringent regulations governing potable water compatibility and possesses class-leading measurement accuracy.

Currently, around 40% of meters supplied by Sensus in the UK include the patented composite/polymer material as an alternative to brass bodies – this figure is predicted to reach 90% over the next 12 months, boosted by the results of a new independent study that confirms the technology’s eco benefits.

Portsmouth Water, which produces the nation’s lowest-cost water supply for its customer base of 280,000 homes and businesses, is committed to complete meter coverage by 2030 and sees AMR adoption as an integral means of improving operational efficiency, managing demand and providing critical information, such as leakage detection.


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