This is the third phase of a planned program for the implementation of a fixed based automated metering system. Phases 1 and 2 were completed in Fiscal Year 2017 and included the installation of approximately 1,280 automated meters, two antennae based stations, and automated metering system operating software. Phase 3 includes the installation of an additional 1,233 meters within 7 meter route locations throughout the District service area, and one additional antennae base station.
Implementation of an automated metering system will increase the efficiency of reading meters, reducing time and resources required to read meters. This is a phased program, so efficiencies will be incremental over time. It is anticipated that rather than experiencing cost savings, employees will be diverted to other, higher value tasks.