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Itron announces major water meter sale to Delhi, India

Itron has a strong presence in many overseas markets, particularly in Europe and in parts of Asia.

The Liberty Lake utilities technology provider on Tuesday announced it's made a major water meter sale in India.

Larsen & Toubro, one of the biggest construction firms in India, will supply Itron's residential water meters as part of an infrastructure upgrade project in Delhi.

Itron is providing 250,000 water meters to accurately measure water usage in the metropolitan area—the largest water contract for Itron in India to date. One of the main Delhi water utilities is Delhi Jal Board (DJB).

An Itron release noted that water customers in Delhi are traditionally charged for water service on an estimated average basis, not on actual consumption.

The utility estimates more than 60 percent of metro water connections are either unmetered or have defective meters installed, resulting in major losses and waste across the entire Delhi metro area, the release said.

DJB is embarking on a phased upgrade to provide better monitoring and oversight of  water consumption while improving the overall efficiency of water supply, and ensuring water loss is minimized.

The press release also said: "This contract strengthens Itron's presence in Delhi as this project follows an earlier one of which 100,000 water meters were delivered to DJB."

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