With continual floods in the UK and Europe, it is hard to imagine the parched landscapes emerging in South Africa. The country has had four consecutive years of low rainfall and the results are alarming. Some provinces have been declared disaster zones while rural communities are seeing crops dying and livestock suffering.
Add ageing infrastructure into the mix resulting in significant water losses (38%) and the country is facing a perfect storm desperately in need of smart solutions.
This is where our industry can demonstrate its value by using smart technology to solve devastating problems. Of course, we can't make it rain but smart metering and AMI technology could drastically reduce losses and prompt consumers to reduce their water consumption.
This week we hear from Sensus South Africa and how the company is positioning its iPERL smart meter technology to help recoup utility losses and save water.
Are you also active in South Africa's smart water sector? Write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your experiences.
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