Laurel, MD, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — February 2, 2007 – The City of Laurel is planning to replace its manually read water meters with radio read meters, and expects to see improvements in both revenue collection and water conservation. Close to 3,000 meters will be replaced once the project has been completed.
Public Utilities Director Larry McCann says that the new meters will allow the city to provide more accurate billing information for customers, as well as preventing water wastage and improving utility revenue. McCann estimates that many of the older manually read residential meters may not be recording as much as 75 per cent of the water used by a household.
A further benefit is that the new meters will help to identify sudden increases in usage which could arise as a result of water line leaks, so consumers will be able to take early action to rectify the problem.
The Laurel City code requires that residents allow the meter installers to have access to their homes to replace the meter. Replacements are being carried out at a rate of 50-60 a day.