Councilors consider benefits of remote reading of water meters


Prince Albert, Canada — (SMART-ENERGY.COM) — June 23, 2008 – The executive committee of the City of Prince Albert is considering the benefits of having homeowners’ water meters read remotely. Various technologies are being considered, including a radio drive-by system, installing a wireless device, and using the telephone network to obtain readings.

Possible benefits include the ability to bill for actual consumption of water; a reduction in the number of meter readers; no more estimated reads when access to the meter is difficult; and improved safety for water department personnel.