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Posted on: February 23, 2018

Installation of Water Radio Meters Near Completion: Next Up, Electric Radio Reads

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In 2014, the City contracted with Midwest Testing LLC, for a Water Replacement Meter Program, swapping out the old meters for the new radio read meters.
To date, 3,100 of the City’s water meters have been converted to radio read meters with just a handful remaining. “The wireless meters measure your energy and water usage and can communicate that use directly to the utility without the need for in-person meter readings. By communicating on their own, these meters allow the City to manage electric and water distribution systems more efficiently, reduce costs and improve service reliability,” said Brain Frandle, Electric Director.

Next Up: Completion of Electric Radio Reads 

About two-thirds of the 6,500 meters on the City’s distribution system have been changed to radio read meters. North St. Paul Meter Readers currently go house to house to read the meters that have not been updated to radio reads. Most of those electric meters are located on the outside of the home, typically on the back of the house. The electric department now has a meter inventory to convert the remaining meters to radio reads this year. City staff will be contacting residents to set up an appointment to change out the meter if the meter is located inside the home.

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