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Pulaski Council considers radio frequency meters

PULASKI — Aged water meters could be costing the Town of Pulaski as much as $120,000 a year, so the Town Council is considering an upgrade that should be more efficient and accurate
Town Manager John Hawley said the Council already had approved in early 2007 switching some of the towns manually-read water meters to RF (radio frequency) meters, but money budgeted for the project was not available due to delays in selling the Maple Shade Shopping Center to Pulaski County.
The Town Council is expected to discuss the project again at its Aug. 19 work session.
Hawley said the present water meters are so old he believes many may not be providing accurate readings of water usage, thus resulting in the town not billing for all the water that is used.
Asked to estimate how much revenue he thinks the town could be losing annually as a result of the inaccurate meters, Hawley said maybe as much as $120,000.
He estimated the older meters to be maybe 85 to 90 percent accurate.
The meters the town is considering installing would be read by radio frequency rather than by a water department employee.
Hawley said it now takes two men about 15 days to read all of the town’s meters.
He expects the new meters to cut that time frame down to “one to two days maximum.”
Plus, he added, electronic readings will “take the human error out” of the equation.
The total cost of the project is estimated at $866,250, which would be financed over a five-year period.
Hawley said about $125,000 to $150,000 would be needed this year.
“I think we definitely need to move forward (with the project),” Mayor Jeff Worrell said, citing the potential for lost revenue with the old meters.
However, several other councilmen, particularly those who joined the town council recently, said they felt they needed more information first.

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Pulaski Council considers radio frequency meters

PULASKI — Aged water meters could be costing the Town of Pulaski as much as $120,000 a year, so the Town Council is considering an upgrade that should be more efficient and accurate
Town Manager John Hawley said the Council already had approved in early 2007 switching some of the towns manually-read water meters to RF (radio frequency) meters, but money budgeted for the project was not available due to delays in selling the Maple Shade Shopping Center to Pulaski County.
The Town Council is expected to discuss the project again at its Aug. 19 work session.
Hawley said the present water meters are so old he believes many may not be providing accurate readings of water usage, thus resulting in the town not billing for all the water that is used.
Asked to estimate how much revenue he thinks the town could be losing annually as a result of the inaccurate meters, Hawley said maybe as much as $120,000.
He estimated the older meters to be maybe 85 to 90 percent accurate.
The meters the town is considering installing would be read by radio frequency rather than by a water department employee.
Hawley said it now takes two men about 15 days to read all of the town’s meters.
He expects the new meters to cut that time frame down to “one to two days maximum.”
Plus, he added, electronic readings will “take the human error out” of the equation.
The total cost of the project is estimated at $866,250, which would be financed over a five-year period.
Hawley said about $125,000 to $150,000 would be needed this year.
“I think we definitely need to move forward (with the project),” Mayor Jeff Worrell said, citing the potential for lost revenue with the old meters.
However, several other councilmen, particularly those who joined the town council recently, said they felt they needed more information first.

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