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Water 2010, 2(3), 461-467; doi:10.3390/w2030461

Smart Metering and Water End-Use Data: Conservation Benefits and Privacy Risks

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Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology, Sydney, P.O. Box 123 Broadway, New South Wales 2007, Australia
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Centre for Infrastructure Engineering and Management, Griffith University, Gold Coast, PMB 50 Gold Coast Mail Centre, Queensland 9726, Australia
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Received: 2 August 2010 / Accepted: 17 August 2010 / Published: 19 August 2010
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Abstract

Smart metering technology for residential buildings is being trialed and rolled out by water utilities to assist with improved urban water management in a future affected by climate change. The technology can provide near real-time monitoring of where water is used in the home, disaggregated by end-use (shower, toilet, clothes washing, garden irrigation, etc.). This paper explores questions regarding the degree of information detail required to assist utilities in targeting demand management programs and informing customers of their usage patterns, whilst ensuring privacy concerns of residents are upheld. View Full-Text
Keywords: urban water; end use measurement; water efficiency urban water; end use measurement; water efficiency
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Giurco, D.P.; White, S.B.; Stewart, R.A. Smart Metering and Water End-Use Data: Conservation Benefits and Privacy Risks. Water 2010, 2, 461-467.

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