San Antonio, TX, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — August 22, 2008 – Recognizing that its existing water meters are aging, the San Antonio Water System plans to replace them with automated meters, benefiting both the utility and its customers. SAWS says that older meters do not always measure usage accurately, which could result in customers being over- or under-charged, while the utility may not be recovering the actual cost of water supplied.
In addition an automated meter reading system will allow SAWS to identify leaks much more quickly, allowing it to advise customers in good time so that they are not faced with unexpectedly high monthly bills.
The existing 350,000 meters are over 15 years old. When the automated system is installed, probably during the course of 2009, customers will also be able to monitor their water usage online. In an area where water restrictions are in place SAWS hopes this will encourage consumers to restrict use and help to conserve a scarce resource.