Local AMR project sent into overdraft

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Tewksbury, Massachusetts — (METERING.COM) — June 29, 2006 – The directive seemed clear – replace all water meters by 2010. However, for selectmen John Ryan and Joe Gill in the town of Tewksbury, Massachusetts, this task is proving to be harder then it originally appeared, especially when the incurred cost is set to be 140% greater than the allocated budget.

This was the startling revelation following the proposal for new meter deployment by consultant Camp, Dresser and McKee at a town meeting last week. The new meters, with Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) technology, would be placed outside every town building, and send readings to a group of rooftop receivers which then relay that information to a centralized computer for comprehensive analysis.

The project, which will see the gradual phasing out of all existing meters and the implementation of AMR in every residential and commercial property, is projected to cost $3.5million, substantially exceeding the $2.5million budget set by the town’s committee.