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Petersburg Water Meters to Get Upgraded

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The city is about to start upgrading all water meters, and the new more accurate water usage measurement could affect your bill. The city is about to start upgrading all water meters, and the new more accurate water usage measurement could affect your bill.
PETERSBURG (WRIC) - Residents and business owners in Petersburg could soon see a change in their water bill. For some that bill may go down, but for others it could be higher.

The meters used to measure customers water usage are 20 -- some even 30 -- years old and simply aren't reliable anymore.

The city is about to start upgrading all water meters, and the new more accurate water usage measurement could affect your bill.

"We have old meters, some are 20 plus years old so they aren't efficient and they are not probably not reading the meters properly," says Steven Hicks, Director of Petersburg Public Works.

That means every citizen and every business owner in Petersburg is about to get a new water meter -10,000 in all - costing the city $5 million.

"We will be notifying all of the residents in advance of where we're going and also knocking on their door letting them know we are switching out their meters."

Currently, to check water meters, city workers must manually go to all 10,000 meters in the city, lift the lid off and write down every number on every meter.

Hicks says the savings through more accurate readings and the savings in manpower will pay for the project.

"We are going to replace all the meters, approximately 10,000 new meters, with automated meter reader systems that allow us to 1) have a more efficient meter, 2) have a reliable reading, but more importantly reduce how we go about manually reading which is a savings in itself."

Just by driving by, a city employee can now wirelessly check a customer's water meter.

"We're going to be able to identify leaks as well as usage, every minute."

The meter replacements are expected to start in April and it will take until the end of December before all 10,000 meters will be replaced.

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