Smart meter system in WC saves 7.6m litres of water & R375,900

The smart meter system that was installed at 41 schools saved 7.6 million litres and an estimated R375,900 rand. Schafer says this programme will be rolled out across the province in 2018.

The apparatus, called Dropula, measures water flow and allows users to better manage their water supply. Picture: Bertram Malgas/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Schools in the Western Cape have saved 7.6 million litres of water after installing the smart water metering system.

Earlier on Monday, the MEC for Education, Debbie Schäfer visited the Hector Peterson Senior Secondary school in Kraaifontein.

“It’s incredible what they’ve actually managed to achieve just by showing the usage of water at the school. How they’ve managed to reduce their consumption hugely and also the amount of money that they have to then spend on water charges which makes more money available for other things that they want to do at the school.”

The smart meter system that was installed at 41 schools saved 7.6 million litres and an estimated R375,900.

Schafer says this programme will be rolled out across the province in 2018.

The system was developed by the University of Stellenbosch.

This programme is part of a larger initiative with the Western Cape Education Department, Shoprite and Cape Talk.

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