The US city of Cleveland secured a loan from the Ohio state government to complete its automated meter reading (AMR) project for its water and electricity divisions.The city’s utility department Cleveland Utilities will use the $110,418 loan to purchase some 355 transmitters developed by Elster to provide connectivity between utility firms and automated electric and or water meters.
The transmitters will allow 30,000 AMR electric and water meters, which Cleveland Utilities installed, to send consumers’ water and electric usage data remotely to the city’s meter data processing hub.
The loan will also be used to purchase mobile communicators which Cleveland Utilities will use to collect meter data from some 6,000 AMR meters installed in the utility’s service territories in remote rural areas where transmitters are unable to send signals.
The mobile communicators will allow manual meter readers to drive by AMR meters and receive meter usage data remotely.
Deployment of automated water meters
The news follows an announcement made by the City of Big Bear Lake in California state that its Department of Water is one year ahead of its AMR project.
The city’s water division said it installed 6,000 radio-read water meters since the launch of its AMR meters project in 2014.
The city planned to replace 15,580 analog meters with advanced models from 2014 through to 2020.
The AMR meters installed thus far are helping the water utility to improve its revenue collections through accurate water billing.
In addition, the system is helping the city eliminate non-revenue water due to excessive water leakages.
In January alone, the city’s water division used the new system to identify and quickly respond to 49 water leak incidents.
The AMR meter system is expected to continue helping the company reduce its operational costs incurred in implementing door-to-door meter readings.
The project will ensure the company reduces its carbon footprint by avoiding usage of motor vehicles in carrying out meter readings. [Oman utility to deploy AMR tech for industrial consumers].
More importantly, the remote system will ensure the utility is able to charge its customers accurate water bills in winter when meters are completely covered with snow and manual meter readers are not able to collect usage data.