Type 1: Commercial partnership

Sector of the company/organisation

Energy & Utilities

Name of activity/project (or solution offered)


Relevant urban sustainability topic

resource-efficiency (waste, water, materials, circular economy,…)

Start year


Brief project summary

Thousands of cubic meters of water are lost without ever being used because of leaky pipes. In the French city of Le Havre, M2OCity – a joint venture between Orange and Veolia – is installing 100,000 smart meters that will enable significant water savings by 2016 through improved leak detection. 

Short activity description

Water loss resulting from dripping taps, running toilets and faulty relief valves on hot water tanks often goes unseen. Now, Orange is working with Le Havre to fit small boxes to individual water meters that can send information on the water consumption of each customer to the service operator. If a leak is suspected, the customer receives a text message allowing them to take the necessary steps. For the city of Le Havre, this represents yet another step toward protecting water resources.

More information on the project


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