The National Water Commission (NWC) officially signed a US$ 7.234 million contract with Deryck A. Gibson Limited, local agent for Diehl Metering Company, for the supply of 50,000 solid state water meters and 25,000 valves as part of the Non-Revenue Water (NRW) component of its Kingston Metropolitan Area Water Supply Improvement Project funded by the Inter-American Development Bank.
Deryck A. Gibson (Deryck A. Gibson Ltd), Stefan Räder (DM), Joachim Christoph Schmillen (german ambassador for Jamaika), Robert Pickersgill (Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change).
Speaking at the official contract signing at the NWC New Kingston Boardroom, Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Robert Pickersgill, noted that the contract for meters was an essential part of the process of making the enterprise more efficient, reducing the cause of disputes and disagreements with customers as well as ensuring that NWC is able to to accurately measure and collect for all the water it supplies.
NWC President, Mr. Mark Barnett also pointed out that the solid state meters are among a new generation of metering instruments and technology that utilities around the world are using to improve efficiency and to reduce costs. Supporting comments made by Diehl Metering representative Mr. Stefan Raeder, Mr. Barnett listed some of the advantages of the new electronic water meters to include:
- Longer useful life of up to 15 years
- No moving parts and hence no maintenance reqired
- Particles contained in the water do not stop the meters for working
- More accurate measurement of water used over the meter's life
- Easy to read digital display of meter readings that can be used as leak detector
- Tamper-resistant mechanism that leaves evidence of any attempts to interfere with the instruments
- Ability to record and calculate reverse flows
- Greater potential for remote readings
Mr. Deryck Gibson, Chairman of Deryck A. Gibson Limited, expressed confidence that the meters to be supplied will meet all the expectations of the NWC and also informed the gathering that one shipment of the meters was already underway to Jamaica with more scheduled to be shipped before the end of the year.
For his part, German Ambassador to Jamaica, Joachim Christoph Schmillen, who was also present at the function, applauded the contract signing and expressed the hope that the satisfactory completion of the metering contract will lead to many other successful business transactions between Jamaican and German companies.
Press release of NWC, Jamaika