The US town of Cranberry in Pennsylvania state received approval to replace existing water meters with digital meters in a bid to improve its revenue collection.According to a local publication, the town will replace 7,800 water meters in the first quarter of 2017. The project will include the replacement of all water meters installed before 2009.
The programme is expected to cost $3 million and will help consumers manage water consumption and lower their bills.
Once the project is complete, residential customers will be able to trace their usage online via mobile devices.
The system is also expected to help the town reduce operational costs by doing away with manual meter readings.
Cranberry is currently searching for a firm to partner for implementation of the programme.
[quote] The firm will install the digital water meters together with communication infrastructure including antennas to transmit usage data to the towns’ hub.
The system will help the town better manage its water resource by providing usage data eight times a day.
Jason Daily, director of public works in Cranberry, commented: “With a traditional meter you might have a problem and never know it until you get your bill.
“This way, you would know almost immediately."
Adoption of digital water meters
Meanwhile, the US city of Klamath falls in Oregon state announced its plan to expand its automated metering infrastructure project to enhance operations of its water department.
The city approved the purchase of water transceiver systems to allow automatic meter reading of some 4,000 water meters in the city.
The transceiver units are expected to cost $529,635 and last for 20 years.
The installation of the transceivers will mean that all of the water meters in the city will remotely transmit usage data to the city’s water utility. [Texas city to enhance billing system with smart water meters].
The development is expected to curb estimated billing and enhance customer service by curbing customer churn.
Currently, approximately 12,200 water meters in the city are using the new metering infrastructure since the city began the deployment of the system in 2010.
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