The City of Atlanta has launched its ATL READ Automated Meter Reading (AMR) project, in which 150,000 radiobased AMRenabled water meters will be installed throughout its drinking water system over the next three years.

The $35 million project will involve the retrofit and/or replacement of the City’s residential and commercial water meters. Aged, non-functioning meters will be replaced with new meters fitted with the AMR device, while existing meters that are still functioning properly will have an AMR device installed. Once replaced, meters also will be covered with a locked lid to prevent tampering and meter damage.

The City began the AMR pilot project in northwest and west Atlanta neighbourhoods in December. Ongoing installation will take place system-wide on a meter route/ billing cycle basis. The AMR project is a part of the City’s $3.9 billion Clean Water Atlanta infrastructure improvement programme to overhaul the City’s water and wastewater systems and create an efficient and cost-effective utility.

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