A US technology firm says it has successfully tested smart water meters in Cork, ahead of water charges coming in next year.
Sensus, a North Carolina-based maker of metering systems, said it managed to connect all smart water meters located underground as part of a "long-range radio technology trial" in Ballincollig.
The test was completed as part of a demonstration of Sensus equipment.
The contract for running water meters is out to tender at the moment, but no decision has been made on a successful bidder.
The company said the smart water meters would allow Irish Water to realise "efficiencies through the use of metering and network data and also help consumers manage their own water consumption, reducing demand and impact on the environment".
According to Sensus, smart meters can help detect early leakages in the system.
Company business development manager Neil Adams said: "We're keen to demonstrate that proven solutions exist that address the water-management challenges Ireland is facing."
The trial was run with Kilkenny-based engineering firm KTL and Dublin metering firm Morrison Utility Services Ireland.
The Cork trial, which started last October, paired water meters with radio endpoints across the Ballincollig region.
The trial allowed water levels and usage to be measured remotely.