India’s largest construction company Larsen & Toubro has chosen Itron to supply residential water meters as part of an infrastructure upgrade project in Delhi expected to take a year and a half. The deal, which calls for Itron to provide 250,000 water meters, is the company’s largest contract in India to date. In a previous deal, Itron delivered 100,000 water meters to DJB.
The Delhi Jal Board (DJB), which is responsible for the delivery and distribution of drinking water in the region, oversees nearly two million connections in Delhi. More than 60 percent of these connections are either unmetered or have defective meters installed, resulting in tremendous water waste across the metropolitan area. Up to now, consumers have been charged for water service on an estimated average basis, not on actual consumption.
Based on these factors, the DJB launched a global tender for the installation of 250,000 water meters to give their customers better monitoring and oversight of their water consumption and to improve the overall efficiency of water supply by minimizing water loss.
According to Larsen & Toubro, “Itron’s proven, reliable and accurate water metering technology was the key factor in our vendor selection process. With Itron’s meters, we will be able to provide a foundation for DJB’s customers to more closely monitor their consumption, ultimately allowing for better management of this precious resource.”
Itron Water COO and President, Marcel Regnier, adds: “Itron is proud to extend our services and our technology to DJB and the residents of Delhi, and we’re honored to be a part of the move towards water conservation in Delhi,” “These meters will be assembled at our newly inaugurated water meter factory in Dehradun, and this significant project reinforces our position in the Indian market.”
Itron describes itself as the world’s leading provider of smart metering, data collection and utility software systems, offering electricity, gas, water and heat meters; network communication technology; collection systems and related software applications.