City installs new water, gas meters
by Rachel Davis
Jan 13, 2013 | 1821 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SUMITON — Sumiton Water and Gas is entering the final stretch of its meter replacement project. The department is updating all water and gas meters that serve customers of the city utilities.

“We’re probably about three-fourths of the way done,” Mayor Petey Ellis said.

The replacements began last fall and the city hopes to complete the project by the end of February.

Last June, when the council approved the purchase, there were approximately 2,200 customers served by Sumiton Water. Of those 2,200 meters, 700 were malfunctioning or not working at all.

The brass meters that the city was using have an estimated life of 10 to 15 years and had reached the end of the lifecycle. They would also have become obsolete and the city would have been unable to purchase or repair them in 2014, due to new federal statutes.

The new meters are more efficient, resulting in less waste.

The meters are also read by a radio signal, which means the employee who reads meters will drive through a neighborhood and receive the radio signals, rather than physically getting out and reading each meter.

The council began looking into financing the project last February and approved the final purchase of the new meters in June of last year.