The Orange Water and Sewer Authority will decide on March 24 whether to invest in an advanced metering infrastructure system that will allow for the remote reading of water meters in the county.
With the new system, OWASA would be able to collect information from customers’ water meters via radio transmissions, instead of employees currently traveling to each location monthly. Customers will then have online access to their water usage data.
The estimated cost of the new system is $6 million.
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Greg Feller, a spokesperson for OWASA, said the system could be funded without increasing the rates and fees charged to customers. He said the cost would be offset through savings garnered by avoiding further investments in the current water meter technology and by eliminating the need for meter readers to travel.
“Savings of about $325,000 per year would in time recover this investment,” Feller said. “AMI would pay for itself.”