Montreal, Canada --- (METERING.COM) --- October 13, 2008 - The City of Commerce, Texas, has contracted with energy solutions and services provider NORESCO to implement a comprehensive upgrade of water meters in the city’s service area.

The $2.3 million agreement includes new meter infrastructure with a fixed base automatic meter reading system to improve water system data collection and accuracy. Structured as a performance contract, the project will also include lighting system retrofits at selected facilities, with the aim of capturing lost revenues and the cost of operational inefficiencies and redirecting them to systems improvements.

The City of Commerce project will pay for itself over time through energy savings, operational improvements, and increased billable water and sewer revenues.

“Our new water meters will have an estimated useful life of 30 years, but our payments for the new system will occur over 15 years,” said Marc Clayton, director of administrative services for the City of Commerce. “Investment in an accurate state-of-the-art system is good for the citizens of Commerce. It supports our growth, and we’ll accomplish it with no interruption in service.”