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June 4, 2014

High-tech water meters to improve leak detection

GREENSBURG — New water meters will allow Greensburg residents to know right away when their consumption spikes — because of a water leak, for example — and encourage them to conserve the precious liquid and save costs.

The Greensburg Municipal Water Office is installing 5,200 modern meters at a cost of nearly $900,000. The installation is expected to be completed by fall, and with tests and other upgrades, the system should be fully functional next spring, said Donna Lecher, utility comptroller.

Lecher said that the new system will allow the water utility to receive email alerts if a customer’s water consumption spikes, so that leaks can be detected much earlier. With the old meters, leaks typically were detected only at the end of the month.

Several residents this winter suffered leaks, but because meters could not be read while they were covered with snow and ice, some leaks were not detected for a few weeks, resulting in lots of water being wasted and residents incurring significantly higher bills.

The replacement of the meters has been overdue, Lecher said. The project had been tabled for years.

Lecher said residents, too, will be able to receive email alerts if their consumption rises above normal, and they can monitor their water usage by hour to determine when they use the most water. The information also will allow residents to figure out how to curb their consumption, which will reduce their monthly bills.

Residents do not have to be at home for crews to be able to replace the meters.

Lecher asked that consumers remain patient as the meters are replaced and utility employees optimize the system.

The council also unanimously rejected an ordinance to change the title, duties and compensation of the mayor’s secretary on second reading. The Council had previously unanimously approved the ordinance on first reading, after much discussion. The council reject the ordinance on Monday after a request from Mayor Gary Herbert.

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