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Elster builds on smart meter programme with water utility

Steve Rogerson
November 26, 2014
South East Water has selected Elster to supply up to 120,000 Ajusta boundary boxes in the UK over the next three years. This follows the utility’s selection of Elster in September 2010 to supply up to 250,000 volumetric water meters with wireless automatic meter reading (AMR) systems to support its metering programme.

South East Water supplies drinking water to 2.1 million users in Kent, Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire. Each day it supplies 565 million litres of drinking water from its water treatment works along more than 14,500km of water mains to household taps.

The Ajusta design allows modular and scaleable boundary box implementation with little stock holdings, offering operational savings, yet complying with the latest Traffic Management Act legislation.

The boundary box can be adapted in the field, with a screw down height adjustment of 210mm allowing it to fit varying service pipe depths without sacrificing rigidity or the need to cut the guard tube on site.

The range will accept most lids and surface boxes, giving flexibility. The bayonet design enables the box to be separated from the lid prior to meter installation allowing ease of connection and meter insertion.

“With the quality design of our innovative products and manufacturing facilities based in the UK, we can support South East Water to meet their specific product requirements and high volume demand of boundary boxes and smart water meters,” said Gary Vincent, regional general manager for Elster's water metering business.