Hot on the heels of Monday’s smart metering report from Oracle, the City of Toronto announced on Wednesday that it has selected Neptune Technology Group (Canada) Ltd., a division of Neptune Technology Group Inc., as the prime contractor for the supply and installation of lead-free water meters and a Fixed Network Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) System covering the City’s 465,000 water services.
The installation project, which is scheduled to be completed in six years, has three main components. These include universal metering of over 70,000 flat rate residential accounts; replacement, or upgrade of over 380,000 residential meters; and nearly 15,000 large meters for industrial, commercial, and institutional accounts.
Neptune will provide all project management and installation services required for the integration of the technology for this project and provide data repository capabilities that will enable both City staff and the City’s customers to access up to seven years of meter reading information over the internet to provide a high level of customer service and support ongoing water conservation initiatives. The company will be responsible for the deployment of an Aclara STAR Network System.
Every day, Toronto Water treats, transmits, stores and distributes more than one billion litres of potable water to customers in Toronto and the southern portion of York Region, and more than 400 billion litres of wastewater is treated yearly. Toronto also has a number of programs in place to protect the environment and resources, such as the Water Efficiency Plan, which aims at reducing water use by 15 per cent by 2011, and the Wet Weather Flow Master Plan, a 25-year plan to reduce the adverse affects of stormwater.