Council gets look at water meter system
By WARREN SLAUGHTER
The Dalhart City Council gained a glimpse of the future at Tuesday’s meeting. Western Industrial set up 25 of their transmitting water meter units at various locations around Dalhart, and hooked up a 90-foot mobile antenna to demonstrate the latest in meter reading technology. Some of the metering units were as far away as the TDCJ-ID Dalhart Unit and still broadcast a useable signal to the mobile antenna. The system can integrate into the city’s current water usage billing software. If all of the city’s 3800 meters were retrofitted with these devices, all of these meters could be read in one minute. It currently takes three to four city employees three and a half to four days to read all the meters in Dalhart, which were upgraded about 15 years ago to the “touch” system, which allows the employee to read the meter by touching a device to the cap on the meter. The reads from the device are then downloaded into the city’s billing system. Before this system, the meters had to be read manually by removing the covers and writing down the readings for the meters. This system took several days to complete and could be fraught with errors, from meter misreads to transcribing errors when entered into the billing system.
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