Raleigh, NC, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — December 18, 2008 – The City of Raleigh has completed installing about 174,000 new AMR water meters at homes and businesses, almost four years ahead of schedule.

The first meters were installed in October 2006 and the rollout was scheduled for completion in 2012. However, with additional funding for the project, it was possible to complete it early.

The installation was undertaken by the City’s Public Utilities Department and Utilities Partners of America. The project cost was $29 million.
 
The recipients of the new water meters are residential and business customers in Raleigh, Garner, Wake Forest, Rolesville, Knightdale, Wendell and Zebulon. In addition backflow prevention devices were installed on some residential properties to protect water quality.

"This has been a tremendously successful and satisfying project, one of the most successful projects from my perspective in my 24-year career with the City of Raleigh," Dale Crisp, Raleigh’s public utilities director, was quoted as saying.