In budget talks this week, Winder officials will consider purchasing new meter reading technology that, over time, would take the human element totally out of the meter reading process. The Winder City Council’s Utility & Stormwater Committee discussed the new technology April 19, which was about a month after a major utility billing error was publicly disclosed.
Currently, four city employees spend weeks every month month traveling Winder’s extensive water and natural gas service areas to collect consumption data via hand-held readers as they drive by customers’ meters.
The new system, once complete, would collect the data through a “fixed network” of four antennas attached to water towers. The antennas would collect water and natural gas usage on the hour from every meter and with the push of a button transmit all of the needed data for monthly billings.
For the full story, see the April 25 issue of the Barrow Journal.