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For Immediate Release:

Friday, March 23, 2007

Goodyear Converting to Cost-Effective

Electronic Water Meter Reading Method

 

(GOODYEAR, AZ) For Goodyear residents living south of I-10, seeing a “meter reader” in their neighborhood will soon be a thing of the past. The City is going to the “radio read” electronic method of meter reading rather than the current handheld wand touch method. This radio read method is much more cost effective because one employee can drive a city vehicle down city streets and electronically collect up to 33 reads a second within an eighth of a mile

and simultaneously deposit them into a database.

 

Currently, it takes four people four days each month (128 hours) to read over 11,000 water meters in the City of Goodyear’s water customer area. With the new radio read method, one person with a special computer and a vehicle can read every meter in that area of the city in one day each month (8 hours), resulting in a 1600 percent more efficient use of water employees’ time. These manpower savings will multiply many times over as Goodyear’s population keeps growing at its current rapid rate.

 

The City of Goodyear Water Resources Department has contracted with Metering Services, Inc. (MSI) of Tempe to change out a small reading device located on the lid of every meter box south of I-10 to make the meters electronically readable. MSI trucks will be in neighborhoods over the next four months changing out this device. Each driver will carry identification and a letter from the City authorizing him/her to be handling the meter reading device.

 

Except for normal monthly usage variations, residents will see no difference in their water bill as a result of this new meter reading system. Goodyear’s Water Resources Department is merely changing the method with which it reads the usage at the meter – not how the meter computes the water usage.

 

For questions about this new meter reading program, please call 623-932-3010.

 

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