Water utilities across Texas have embraced the use of smart water meters to improve service and aid conservation. By the end of 2010, more tan 3.5 million new meters had been installed, and automatic meters are taking hold across the state. Unlike the push for electric meters, there have been no laws or federal grants to speed their use.
The new meters eliminate the need for meter readers, due to their onboard transmitters that send readings to a collection hub, thus saving time and money. The new meters also provide the means to detect leaks by monitoring use at the household level. The systems also enable users to see their water use in real time, aiding a change in habits.
Source: The Texas Tribune