Europe Smart Water Meter Market is Segmented By Technology (Automatic Meter Reading, Advanced Metering Infrastructure, Others), By Type (One-way Water Meters, Two-way Water Meters, Smart Water Meters, Others), By Component (Meters & Accessories, IT Solutions, Communications, Others), By Application (Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Others). The report offers the value (in USD billion) for the above-mentioned segments.

Europe Smart Water Meter Market Size

Market Size in USD


Study Period2023 - 2030
Base Year of Estimation2022
Largest MarketEurope
Market ConcentrationHigh
Major PlayersItron, Diehl Metering, Zenner International, Elster Group, Kamstrup
*Disclaimer: Major players are listed in no particular order.
*Source: Coherent Market Insights
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Europe Smart Water Meter Market Analysis

The Europe smart water meter market size is expected to reach US$ 4.30 Bn by 2030, from US$ 2.01 Bn in 2023, at a CAGR of 11.5% during the forecast period. Smart water meters are devices that measure and record water consumption data and communicate it back to the utility company for monitoring and billing. They provide real-time water usage data, detect leaks, and support water conservation efforts. The key drivers of the market include government policies, growing demand from emerging economies, increasing digitalization and automation, and rising awareness about water conservation.

The Europe smart water meter market is segmented by technology, type, component, application, and region. By technology, the market is segmented into Automatic Meter Reading, Advanced Metering Infrastructure, Others. The AMR segment held the largest share of the market in 2023. AMR technologies allow remote reading of meters through short-range radio frequency. It does not provide real-time usage data but offers cost benefits compared to AMI.

Europe Smart Water Meter Market Drivers

  • Supportive government policies and regulations: Governments across Europe are undertaking initiatives to deploy smart water meters, which is driving market growth. For instance, The Energy Efficiency Directive, published by the European Union, established requirements for the installation of smart meters for gas and electricity. This mandate was increased by some member states to cover smart water meters as well. Countries like Italy, France, the U.K., Spain, and the Netherlands have already deployed millions of smart water meters or have plans to do so shortly. Supportive policies and mandates create strong demand for smart water metering technology.
  • Need to reduce non-revenue water losses: Non-revenue water due to leaks, theft, and inaccuracies costs water utilities Bns yearly. Studies estimate Europe loses over $12 Bn worth of non-revenue water every year. Smart water meters allow precise measurement, leak alerts, and better monitoring to substantially curb such losses. Their adoption is growing as utilities aim to increase revenue collection and account for every drop of water. Advanced smart water meters also help detect underground leaks before they surface.
  • Increased investments in smart city infrastructure: Many European cities are undertaking smart city projects involving revamping of water distribution infrastructure using smart technologies. These projects utilize IoT, cloud computing, big data analytics, and Artificial intelligence AI, along with smart meters, to deliver efficient, sustainable water management. Large-scale investments in smart city infrastructure create significant opportunities for smart water metering companies.
  • Water conservation and sustainability goals: Reducing per capita water consumption and responsible water usage are key priorities for Europe. Smart water meters, by providing detailed consumption data and leakage alerts, play a crucial role in influencing consumer behavior and achieving conservation targets. Metering technology combined with customer engagement tactics can reduce water demand substantially. This is increasing adoption by utilities focused on sustainability.

Europe Smart Water Meter Market Opportunities

  • New product development through technological innovation: The smart water metering space has seen continuous innovation in recent years. Companies are launching products like battery-free meters, LoRa-enabled meters for long-distance communication, and ultrasonic smart meters with no moving parts. Integrating smart meters with IoT and cloud platforms and adding capabilities like real-time analytics and control is an additional area of opportunity. Such innovation presents significant opportunities for manufacturers to gain market share.
  • Geographic expansion to tap developing markets: Many parts of Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia still use outdated water metering infrastructure. Modernizing water distribution is a priority for utilities in these territories. Companies can focus on expanding their presence in these markets. Local partnerships, distribution agreements, and cost-effective meters tuned to developing world requirements would be the keys.
  • Mergers and acquisitions for enhanced product portfolio: The smart water metering space has seen some mergers and acquisitions activity recently. But there remains ample room for consolidation. Large meter makers can look at acquiring startups working in smart ultrasonic metering, AGIs, or communication modules. Such deals can allow access to new technologies and fast-track innovation. Vertical integration presents opportunities to provide complete smart water management solutions.
  • Outsourcing of metering infrastructure operations: Many water utilities want to transfer the cost and complexity of operating smart metering infrastructure to specialists. This gives meter vendors the opportunity to provide metering-as-a-service, leveraging their expertise in meter rollout, communications, data integration, analytics, etc. Outcome-based contracts can be crafted around leakage reduction or revenue protection key performance indicators.

Europe Smart Water Meter Market Restraints

  • High upfront costs of deployment: The upfront capital costs of large scale smart meter rollouts, along with investments in IT infrastructure, remain high for many utilities. The long ROI periods act as a barrier, especially for smaller utilities with limited budgets. Obtaining approvals for cost recovery through tariff hikes also presents challenges in the regulated utility space.
  • Privacy and security concerns: A big challenge facing smart water metering is privacy and security concerns surrounding increased data collection. Consumer advocacy groups in some countries have opposed rollouts, citing the risks of location tracking, behavior profiling, and cyberattacks. Winning consumer confidence is essential for mainstream adoption.
  • Technical knowledge and manpower limitations: Lack of in-house smart metering expertise can deter smaller utilities from attempting the technology transition. Moreover, managing the IT/OT convergence requires both technical skills and change management. Staff training and onboarding meter data management partners are key to overcoming this constraint.