Seligman buys 595 water meters

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

$85,875 expense aims to save on manpower

Seligman recently bought 595 water meters for $85,875 from Longview, Texas-based RG3 Meter Company, hoping to ease the process of reading each meter.

"It is going to save us a lot of money in manpower because you just drive by [when collecting meter readings]," said Gerald Harling, alderman. "You don't have to open and close gates, [or] worry about people's dogs."

City officials said the three city maintenance employees will also consume less fuel in their vehicles.

RG3 has installed a $14,000 pilot program, which included 25 meters and software. Each city maintenance employee will gather meter readings from a transceiver antenna. The data goes into a tablet. The employee then downloads the information into a computer at city hall.

"We can go out and we can pull 120 days worth of information off of a meter," said Brian Nichols, Seligman city clerk.

The software enables the city to look at diagrams that show hourly readings. The data also indicates possible water leaks.

The life expectancy of a meter is about 8-10 years, said Nichols, who has seen meters in the city that are between 12 and 20 years old.

The purchase allows the city to replace the older versions.

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