For those without water pipes and meters in Mumbai, more traditional methods of water delivery are necessary.
Having good water meters is the first step to knowing where your water is going, and where the leaks are. Mumbai, India is taking steps to improving its municipal water use by ordering a massive stock of water meters from the Israeli company Arad Technologies (the same company developing the fly-by drone plane that reads meters), and the French water company Actaris Metering Systems. Based on the new tender, the companies are considering moving some of their production to India.
To start, the recent and immediate tender deal calls for a $32 million order of 300,000 meters, and web-based water meter reader Arad, and Actaris, will split the revenues. The Israeli Export Institute says that a total of 1.2 million meters are called for in Mumbai, totalling $128 million, tenders that both Arad and Actaris are expected to win, due to logistic difficulties in coordinating different systems in one city.
Arad Technologies president Dan Winter told Globes: “Winning this tender is a breakthrough for us, which opens a new market that is full of opportunities. Arad is in the final stages of two other tenders in India, and in view of the heavy demand, we are considering moving some production there.”