Dubbo region's smart water meter rollout progresses to zone 2

ROLLOUT: The $5 million and year-long roll out of smart water meters in the Dubbo region started on June 1. It will take place across five zones. Photo: CONTRIBUTED.
ROLLOUT: The $5 million and year-long roll out of smart water meters in the Dubbo region started on June 1. It will take place across five zones. Photo: CONTRIBUTED.

The $5 million and year-long roll out of smart water meters in the Dubbo region has progressed to zone 2.

Dubbo Regional Council is asking residents to use an interactive map at www.dubbo.nsw.gov.au/smartmeters "to find the installation status of your zone".

The council has divided the region into five zones for the roll out of the meters with zones 1 to 4 covering Dubbo and zone 5 "Wellington and surrounds".

Dunedoo Road runs through the middle of zone 2.

The council has contracted Taggle Systems to replace or upgrade its "ageing water meter infrastructure".

In June, about 3287 new meters were fitted to residential and commercial properties in Zone 1, covering central Dubbo.

"Contractors will be required to return to zone 1 at some stage to install meters at various locations that required minor modifications to allow the fitting of meter/devices," a council spokesman said.

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The council's chief executive officer Michael McMahon said he was pleased to hear the project was on track.

"The majority of meters have been readily accessible for the contractors and meters have been replaced in under 20 minutes in most cases," he said.

"I have been especially pleased to hear the contractors have been making arrangements with property owners to organise a suitable time for replacement if required."

Director of Infrastructure Julian Geddes said the project had been well received by the community.

"We know this change in technology is going to be new for property owners, the general feedback though has been positive, with the majority of residents and business owners enthusiastic about monitoring their water usage," he said.

"The My DRC Water portal is in the testing stages and will be launched in the coming months. The platform is easy to use and will be key to saving water for the home or business."