New water meters up for discussion
Replacing the manually read meters with automatic readers for the Broad River Water Authority will be further discussed when the board begins its budget discussions in May.
The board decided at its business meeting Tuesday afternoon to include the project in the Capital Improvement Plan for 2013-14 and will be discussed next month.
The board wants to see comparisons with full advanced metering infrastructure/fixed based network and standard meter replacement with the current type of meter, explained BRWA executive director Maria Hunnicutt.
The approval of the actual project would happen with the approval of the budget, she said.
The project would replace existing manually read meters with Radio Read Automatic Meter Reading equipment. The radio-based, drive-by system which would allow meter reading to be done by meter reading personnel remotely as they drive-by each meter.
The new meters would provide an effective “state of the art” reliable meter reading systems; produce user-friendly data that is easily accessible, offer environmental benefits,improve worker safety/reduced risk exposure, increased level of customer service, and reduced re-reads.
New board member Mike Ellenburg was also sworn into office during the meeting.