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A "Smart Meter" that will be installed in more than 1 million homes and most businesses of Miami Dade county is displayed as part of the "Energy Smart Miami" proposal to modernize the electrical grid infrastructure during its announcement in Miami on Monday, April 20, 2009. Miami is poised to become one of the first cities in the nation to implement a $200 million "smart grid" to promote efficiency and renewable energy. Similar initiatives are under way in Boulder, Colo., and Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/The Miami Herald, John VanBeekum) **MAGS OUT**
Sunday, August 4, 2013
The Western Virginia Water Authority has a responsibility to its customers to use the most effective and financially prudent water management practices, now and in the future. By utilizing the proven technology of an automated meter infrastructure, the authority is taking advantage of advancements in metering expertise, identifying leaks faster and providing our customers with secure and timely data.
While data supplied by the new meters remains the same, the way we receive information and the speed in which we receive it has improved. Water meters register how much water passes through the meter much like a car odometer records how many miles are driven. For billing purposes, these readings are compared to the previous reading to calculate the gallons of water used and billed each month. Instead of manually gathering these readings from the old meters every two months, securely transmitted daily readings now allow customers to receive accurate and timely bills every month. Customers have been asking for this feature to help with budgeting and leak detection, and the new meters allow us to offer this service. Meters in the distribution system also help the authority pinpoint leaks on our lines. The new meters, however, cannot remotely turn someone’s water on or off — and that is a good thing.
We may have upgraded our operations, but the authority’s commitment to protecting customers’ privacy has not changed. All data are securely stored, and only customers who are listed as account holders have access online, over the phone or in person.
For customers of the Western Virginia Water Authority, the automated meter infrastructure is a wise investment. From notifying customers quickly of leaks to pinpointing where leaks are occurring in our distribution system, the authority is using technology to improve the drinking water system to the benefit of all customers.
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