Watershed Automated Meter Reading - December 2007
Watershed Automated Meter Reading
Released December 2007
Download the Full Report here
Download highlights here
The department estimated in 2005 that more than 8,000 water meters needed repair and many accounts were delinquent and disputed because bills were based on estimated water use.
The city entered into a contract with K&V Automation, LLC on July 25, 2006 to replace or retrofit the city’s existing water meter population and install a radio-based automated reading system. The $35 million contract was for 36 months, which ended in July 2009.
Three-fourths of the 138 meters we observed (installed or retrofitted between January 1 and June 30, 2007) had at least one problem. These problems included
- register damage,
- unlocked lids,
- plastic or damaged meter boxes,
- lids that did not fit the meter box, and
- meter interface units that were not tied to the meter lids.