your meter is read
Each month, a Water Department employee will drive or walk by your home and
receive your meter reading with an electronic receiver. Each meter is
equipped with a radio transmitter that sends the reading to the receiving
device. The meters still have a manual display for you to view. Some
customers like to read their own meters periodically to monitor their
consumption. All the radio does is look at the reading and send it to us.
This device saves many hundreds of hours of labor when compared to the
manual system of using six men for three days with pencil and paper. This
keeps the reading costs to a minimum and allows the employees more time to
maintain service lines, vehicles, heavy equipment, sixty miles of water
main, nine hundred valves, five hundred hydrants, nine wells, three water
plants and eighteen buildings.
This reading system also increased safety as it reduced time that
employees are exposed to extreme hot and cold weather, rain, snow, ice,
dogs, fences, bushes and even pesky bees! Slipping incidents and injuries
have been nearly eliminated. It also eliminated us startling you by
appearing in your back yards when you least expect it. That gave both of us
a jolt at times! We appreciate your patience as we had to enter every home
and business to make the conversion to the new reading system.
We generally try to read in the middle of the month. If we have problems in
the distribution system, we may have to adjust this time. Weather may also
affect our reading start time. Generally however, we try to start reading on
the fourteenth (14th) day of each month and try to be finished by the