Date: 02 July 2018
Internal To: Ontec, Itron, IPAY, Ontec Partner Network
From: Marketing & Communications
Cape Town, South Africa — 2 July, 2018 – Ontec Systems (Pty) Ltd, a leader in smart metering technology, has recently launched their new GaugeIT smart water solution to the consumer market. Recognizing the need for creating a sustainable home and a more empowered consumer, Ontec has produced a smart water measurement solution to answer the growing need for the monitoring of water usage at your fingertips.
“GaugeIT allows for the evolution of a smarter, more engaged consumer, by empowering them with near-real time water consumption information directly on their mobile devices. Besides the financial benefits to consumers, it will empower them to proactively monitor their consumption patterns, adjust their usage behaviours and thus contribute to making a meaningful difference towards the country’s water conservation objectives”, explains Dhasi Naidoo, Chief Strategy Officer at Ontec Systems.
Key features on the GaugeIT solution include near real-time hourly monitoring, early leak detection alarms, and high usage threshold warnings. In addition to these core benefits, consumers that have been restricted to a daily water quota by the Utility, now have the ability to closely monitor their own usage to avoid running out of water prematurely. Consumers can also compare their water consumption with the utility bill to ensure alignment.
Despite the recent rains in the Western Cape region, according to Weather SA, the ongoing uncertainty of anticipated seasonal rainfall remains an alarming concern. The City of Cape Town (CCT) recently announced that the region’s residents should continue to adhere to the restrictions that have been set. “The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) requires Cape Town to get down to a collective usage target of 450 million litres per day. It remains important to get as close to it as possible to ensure that water resources are stretched in the face of further rainfall uncertainty” said the City’s Executive Deputy Mayor, Alderman Ian Neilson.
GaugeIT is introduced at a time when the City of Cape Town is also tightening legislation around water usage, with a draft of amendments to the Water By-Law passed on May 31, many of which will affect residents. The new regulations require landlords to “keep record of consumption for each residential unit…” and new developments have been ordered to “install water conservation and demand management systems…” “The City is making it clear that it wants greater individual water consumption accountability”, says Damian Padachi, Chief Executive Officer at Ontec.
“GaugeIT’s biggest value propositions are to create awareness and to empower the consumer to make better decisions with resources,” concludes Padachi. “We aspire to migrate our communities towards smarter living and empower them to take control of their own environments.”
*GaugeIT is available on Takealot.com
About Ontec Systems
Ontec Systems has collaborated with its customers to develop systems and metering technologies to meet the needs of large utilities, municipal environments, and private sector companies. The technology and services company is dedicated to delivering innovative solutions in the electricity, gas and water sectors. At Ontec we are committed to creating a smarter future for all.
To know more, visit www.ontec.co.za.
For additional information, contact:
Head: Marketing and Public Relations
Ontec Systems (Pty) Ltd
Tel: +27 21 928 1700
Cell: +27 83 488 8848
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