One area of infrastructure construction that could see growth in the coming years is water meters and infrastructure. Utilities are continuing to look for new ways to manage processes as efficiently as possible, which is requiring construction firms to install these new connected solutions across the globe.

One new case comes out of India. Larsen & Turbo, www.larsentoubro.com, Mumbai, India, a large construction company, is providing an advanced-metering solution to DJB (Delhi Jal Board), www.delhijalboard.nic.in, Delhi, India, a supplier and producer of water in India.

This project encompasses 120,000 advanced meters, 40,000 standard meters, as well as the mobile collection equipment and software that will measure and analyze usage. With metrics from the meter, DJB will be able to better manage water expenditures.

Larsen & Turbo purchased the advanced-metering technology from Itron, www.itron.com, Liberty Lake, Wash., which develops technology targeted to allow utilities to measure and analyze both energy and water usage.

The technology not only accurately measures water consumption, but also enables DJB to collect information and process bills. The new project will be DJB’s first domestic metering project in New Delhi and is expected to be completed in March 2014.

As another example in India, SPML, www.spml.co.in, Haryana, India, an infrastructure development company, has launched a 12-year pilot to improve water distribution. The objective is to provide residents with a continuous water supply—up from only receiving water between three-and-eight hours of water per day.

In order to minimize water waste and improve overall supply, the development company is implementing 90,000 smart water meters in outlying areas of New Delhi. These advanced meters will replace all current meters in the district.

Construction companies could soon be focusing efforts on upgrading water infrastructure across the globe, as utilities look for new ways to improve operations. Smart meters will likely be at the center of this movement.