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Posted on: January 20, 2016

[ARCHIVED] City Upgrading Water Meters

City Upgrading Water Meters

PIERRE, S.D. –The City of Pierre is currently upgrading its analog water utility meters to digital ones, and the water department needs your help to complete the process.

Every city water utility customer needs to have a digital transmitter installed. Additionally, some older water meters that aren’t digitally compatible will need to be replaced.

Brad Palmer, Director of City Utilities, says that the city is calling utility customers to set up installation appointments, and in some cases, contracting with plumbers to do the same.

“We’d really appreciate it if utility customers would work with us to set up appointments to install the upgrades,” said Palmer. “Property owners need water meters that are accessible and in working order. Installation only takes about 15 minutes and is at no cost to the customer.”

The digital upgrade will improve the efficiency and reliability of municipal water service -lowering operating costs and increasing data reliability.

About 1,500 customers have already received the upgrades. Another 6,400 customers still need to be upgraded. The City Water Department’s goal is to have the remaining installations complete by the end of this year.

“The sooner we get the new system on line, the sooner the community can start realizing the benefits,” said Palmer.

Palmer went on to say the water system upgrade will eventually allow the city to alert property owners to water leaks.

If you have questions about digital meter system or meter replacement, call the City of Pierre at 605.773.7407.

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