TasWater will soon begin upgrading water meters in the Wynyard and Yolla areas as part of the statewide Water Meter Renewal Program. This replacement program is planned to continue across the state until mid-2019.
Many of the water meters currently in use are mechanical devices and as such are prone to wear and tear, much more than meters for electricity.
The new meters meet modern measurement regulations and the latest Australian standards that ensure the readings taken are accurate.
Prior to the water meter replacements will be the replacement of water meter boxes on some properties.
Wynyard and Yolla have a large proportion of asbestos water meter boxes which will be safely removed and replaced with standard meter boxes as part of the upgrade.
Specialist contractors will undertake the asbestos removal with appropriate protective equipment consisting of a white body suit.
The new water meters are able to be read remotely, reducing the time and resources required by TasWater to manually read the older water meters.
The new meters can also detect lower flow rates which can help with leak detection on properties if necessary.