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Water meter has potential to save the day

In drought-stricken Cape Town, South Africa, a water meter sponsorship is expected to save millions of litres of water at the City’s top 100 high-volume water-using schools.

South African asset management and reliability engineering company, Pragma, joined forces with retailer, Shoprite Group to include a smart water meter monitoring device rollout programme as part of their water-saving initiatives.

The sponsorship follows Shoprite Group’s successful pilot project to educate children on water saving practices at the Hector Peterson Secondary School in Wallacedene.

According to Adriaan Scheeres, CEO of Pragma, the pilot resulted in an average daily saving of 40kl, which is the equivalent of the 87 litre daily water allowance for 460 individuals and a R52,000 ($3,852) savings per month. Read more on dam levels…

Water meter partnership

“Pragma will assist with managing the project and coordinating the services of contractors to respond to alerts and leak repairs. We will be working in partnership with Bridgiot, a start-up company affiliated with the University of Stellenbosch”, explained Scheeres.

Bridgiot’s smart water monitoring devices measure and report water use in real time by transmitting consumption information to a user-friendly internet app. Users are notified of any unexpected usage patterns via SMS and email.


The aim of the project is not only to save water, states Scheeres, but also to educate learners on the importance of water as a resource and how to use it sparingly.

“Pragma is a partner to the Shoprite Group and responsible for asset maintenance at their stores. When they approached us to get involved, our response was an unequivocal ‘yes’.

How it will work

Contractors managed by Pragma will be responsible for inspections and maintenance of the water infrastructure at the schools.

“We will further plan and manage the work to ensure the cost-effective execution of the project. Scheeres continues: “Our 24/7 call centre and accredited contractor base will be utilised to perform work according to our service level agreements and agreed costing structure.” Read more on S.Africa: Young scientists address water and energy needs

At a time when businesses have been told to reduce their water consumption by at least 20% or face fines, Sheeres concludes: “This project is the start of potentially enormous water savings in the Western Cape. Smart water metering creates increased awareness of water consumption patterns, and assists with the prevention of water losses due to leaks that would otherwise have gone unnoticed. With the help of our continuous improvement programmes, we can equip companies to function efficiently and save millions of litres of water.”


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