School smart meter program

Our school smart meter program aims to promote water resilient thinking in schools through the use of smart meters. A smart meter is a simple logger that can be easily fitted to an existing water meter without the need for additional plumbing.

Our program provides an excellent opportunity for STEM and environmental science students to understand their school’s water flow trends and usage. With access to a web platform that captures up-to-date water flow data, students and teachers can monitor and analyse water use behaviour within the school and come up with ways to improve this behaviour. A range of projects and initiatives can be designed around the technology. Our Water Resilience Officer can help schools tailor these projects individually.

Smart meters can also help schools reduce their water use and avoid costly leaks and wastage. The device can be set up to provide alerts to a school’s administration whenever any abnormal flow levels are detected.

Beyond the excellent learning opportunity this program offers, it also promotes a deeper engagement with water resilient thinking in the community. There are more than 10,000 students enrolled in primary and secondary schools across the MidCoast and engaging them as champions of resilience will help spread the messages of water-saving, behavioural change and the urban water cycle to a broader audience. These students can be drivers of change in thinking about our water future.

Interested schools should contact our Water Resilience Officer, Nirmal Joy, at nirmal.joy@midcoast.nsw.gov.au or on 0409 008 703.