POSTED: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 10:00am
UPDATED: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 10:14am
Longview, TX — Longview city workers are about a third of the way through installing digital water meters that transmit usage readings to a vehicle as it drives down the roadway.
Director of Public Works Keith Bonds said crews have installed about 10,000 Master Meter 3G Mobile automatic meter reader. The city has about 28,000 residential water customers.
10-year life span
The city replaces meters on a 10-year cycle. They started three years ago replacing manually-read meters with digital ones.
“We will be doing this 6 or 7 more years, and then we will continue to change out about 3,000 meters a year, forever,” Bonds said.
They’re more expensive to install - costing $238 for a radio-read meter versus $129 to install a manually read meter.
The higher cost is offset by greater efficiency.
“If there is a receiver in the vehicle that is driving by, he (the meter reader) will receive the information on all of the meters,” Bonds said.
When the city of White Oak improved the installation of similar meters in 2010, then-Public Works Director Mike Self estimated the new meters would let the city serve 500 customers in about an hour, a task that previously took nearly eight hours.
Read more  from the Longview News-Journal.