'The industry spin spruiking the benefits of smart meters has now seduced Australian water utilities.
Coliban Water, a regional Victorian water authority with a service area encompassing 49 towns, has bravely commenced on a six-year rollout of wireless smart meters to all residential and non-residential customers.
Coliban Water’s Summer 2017- 2018 Customer Update leaflet and Digital Meterswebpage coyly refer to the new equipment, which is to be installed on existing water meters, as ‘digital’ meters. There is no mention of the fact that radiofrequencies – and more specifically, microwaves – will be used as the means of transmitting data from these ‘digital’ meters to network gateways, and from there on to telecommunication towers.'
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