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Water meter technology is remarkably complex. It’s also a vitally important aspect of our everyday, built environment. Because water is such a valuable natural resource, it’s extremely important for us to accurately measure its consumption. 

How Does a Water Meter Work?

While there are many different types of water meter, they all work using the same basic components. These components are the Sensor, Transducer, Counter, and Indicator. The sensor detects the flow passing through. The transducer sends the signal from the sensor to the counter. The counter keeps track of the flow that’s passed through the meter. The indicator displays the counter information for reading by a person.

The Kamstrup flowIQ 3100 is a leading ultrasonic water meter unit for industrial and commercial metering.

The Kamstrup flowIQ 3100 is a leading ultrasonic water meter unit for industrial and commercial metering.

What are the Types of Water Meter?

There are so many different types of water meters available. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages. Some water meters are best suited to free standing houses, some are better for sectional titles, and some are best for agriculture or industry. Take a look at the flowchart below for a brief overview of the different types (as well as their pros and cons):

Water Meter Infographic

Where are Water Meters Usually Located? 

In South Africa, water meters are usually located on the pavement outside of the erf of the property. However, for sectional titles these will usually be located in a designated service area or common storage room.

WUS engineers ensure that even the most complex water meter system installations are done right the first time.

WUS engineers ensure that even the most complex water meter system installations are done right the first time.

Which Water Meter is Best? 

While this is a great question, a better question is: “Which are the best water meters for a particular application?” Each of the different types of water meters are made for a specific scenario. Water meters made for domestic use will likely be unsuitable for agricultural or industrial application. Thankfully, the WUS engineers are highly qualified and experienced. Their inside knowledge allows them to identify the correct equipment for every possible application and their expertise ensures they install it right the first time.

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