Meter reading equipment updates on BRWA agenda

Apr. 23, 2013 @ 07:21 AM

When the Broad River Water Authority meets at 5:15 p.m. today at Rutherfordton Town Hall, the board will welcome a new board member.

Mike Ellenburg, Commissioner for the Town of Ruth, will fill the vacancy of the late Jim Goode. Ellenburg will complete Goode's term that  ends on June 30.

The board will also talk about the Automated Meter Readers from Brian Tripp, with  WK Dickson engineering firm.

The project would replace existing manually read meters with Radio Read Automatic Meter Reading equipment. The board is considering a radio-based, drive-by system which would allow meter reading to be done by meter reading personnel remotely as they drive-by each meter.

According to a report send to board members,  the meter is a critical component of the water system that allow BRWA to effectively generate its revenue, however, meter accuracy deteriorates over a period of time.

BRWA intends to replace the existing meters.

The new meters would provide an effective "state of the art" reliable meter reading system; produce user-friendly data that is easily accessible; environmental benefits; improved worker safety/reduced risk exposure, increased level of customer service,  and reduced re-reads.