City of Ridgeland considers AMR options for water meters

City of Ridgeland

Ridgeland, MS., USA — (METERING.COM) — August 23, 2006 – The Director of Public Works for the City of Ridgeland Mississippi, Mike McCollum, has indicated that the city is considering replacing all existing water meters, or replacing those over a decade old and retrofitting the remainder. In both cases the new meters will be read remotely.

AMR is being considered as a far more accurate reading system to curb the expense of inaccurate readings, currently costing the city over US$800,000 annually.

McCollum further indicated that he is outlining the desired meter specifications to present to future bidders. He said that the board will most likely nominate the preferred bidder in mid-October. The work should begin 30 to 60 days thereafter, and the city will require completion of the project within a year.

Ridgeland also plans to implement a routine maintenance schedule for its meters, and start a testing program for meters over 10 years old. McCollum has indicated that the project will cost the City either an estimated US$2.1 million for complete replacement, or an estimated US$1.4 million if the older meters and replaced and the remainder retrofitted.