The US city of Fairborn in Ohio state selected Neptune Equipment Company (NEPCO) and Itron to replace its existing water metering system with an automated model.According to a local publication, the Fairborn Daily Herald, the city of Fairborn is upgrading its water metering system through the installation of some 13,500 automated meter interface units for its commercial and residential consumers.
The project is part of efforts by the city to replace its ageing water infrastructure which has been in operation for the past 20 years.
The automated water interface units will be installed on the exterior walls of residential households and commercial buildings to remotely communicate water consumption data sent by meters, directly to the billing office.
The new infrastructure will use a radio transmission signal for data telemetry.
The project is being deployed to help the city reduce operational costs associated with drive-by water meter readings.
Water metering system upgrades
In related news, the US city of Middletown in New York State is also installing smart water meters to reduce expenses associated with water leaks and manual water meter reading.
Joseph DeStefano, mayor of Middletown, said the smart water meter project will include the use of a $5 million bond to replace some 7,000 existing analogue water meters. The project is expected to be complete within a period of one year.
The smart water meters will help the city detect meter tampering incidents, water leaks within its distribution system and improve its revenue collection through accuracy in water billing.
In late April, Wichita Falls in Texas said it installed smart water meters for 80% of its consumers and aimed to complete the rollout of its smart meter programme within a period of 90 days.
Commenting on benefits brought to the city by the installation of the new meters, Blake Jurecek, director of IT and facilities at Witchita Falls, said: "In our old system, you can have a slow leak that grows over time.
"It could be three, six, eight months before you ever know it."
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