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Wellington Water trialling water meters in 250 Greytown homes

Report from LDR
About 250 Greytown households will have a smart water meter installed for free, as part of a trial by Wellington Water [WW] and South Wairarapa District Council [SWDC]. The trial is aimed to help better manage the district’s water.

About 40 per cent of South Wairarapa water is lost due to leaks in water pipes.

Smart meters provide real-time information on household water consumption and detect greater than normal water use that indicates pipe damage and leaks.

This has the potential to help identify and fix leaks as quickly as possible, which in turn helps save water.

Water meters are currently read once a year, but the smart meters will record real-time water use and detect higher than normal water flow. Participants will have access to real-time data through an online customer portal.

SWDC chief executive Harry Wilson said the trial was about looking at the best and most cost-effective way to manage the region’s most valuable resource.

“It is important that our communities have the resilient, long-lasting and reliable water network they deserve,” he said.

Properties suitable for the smart meter trial have been identified by Wellington Water.

Residents would be asked if they want to take part in the trial in the coming weeks.

WW chief advisor of drinking water Laurence Edwards said findings from the trial would be shared with other councils.

“This is the first trial of its kind in South Wairarapa,” he said. “The meters going into Greytown enable us to provide water consumption information back to customers through user portals, as well as provide information to Wellington Water to help find leaks.

“So, what we learn in Greytown about smart meters will be useful to other communities looking at how they can conserve water.

“We also hope these meters get the community more engaged and interested in their water use, and in water conservation.”


  1. Richie Bestingface, 14. September 2021, 9:15

    Trialling eh? They’re determined to bring metering to the whole region. This will be a first step on that journey and the final step will be privatisation and astronomical water bills.

  2. Mike Mellor, 14. September 2021, 11:43

    Richie B: or perhaps on the journey to sensible management of a vital and increasingly scarce resource where there is currently much wastage.

  3. Kara, 14. September 2021, 12:28

    and we have heard that a bridge in south Wairarapa has been closed due to too much water coming down the river.

  4. Richie Bestingface, 14. September 2021, 13:13

    Mike – seems like there’s plenty of water according to Kara. If only they could store it, in a dam somewhere maybe…

  5. Mike Mellor, 14. September 2021, 22:49

    Richie – is it really sensible to spend lots of money on water storage and then waste 40% of it?


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