Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


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.

Text Only
  • $200K budget cut for GCS GREENSBURG — Greensburg Community Schools expect to see their budgets decline by about $200,000, or 0.8 percent, for the next school year.Superintendent Tom Hunter said that he expects tax rates, which help determine local property tax bills, to be a

    July 23, 2014

  • nws-gb072314-Littles pic Little Mister and Miss accepting contestants GREENSBURG – Once again, preparations are underway for the Tree City Fall Festival Little Mister and Miss Tree City contest.For several years, the Littles have been crowned at the Fall Festival, but as with any contest, a significant amount of prepar

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws-gb072314-ymca 100 carnival - pic 04 YMCA marks 100th anniversary GREENSBURG — Kids rode horses and the kiddie train, chugged popcorn, shot a bow and arrow, played putt-putt, tossed darts into balloons and toilet paper into a toilet, ran an obstacle course and petted an alligator. It was practically impossible to f

    July 23, 2014 4 Photos

  • City moves forward with plan GREENSBURG — The city of Greensburg took a step closer Monday to updating local guidelines about where and how it wants to support industrial, commercial and residential growth.In a special meeting at City Hall, city council members agreed to use Eco

    July 23, 2014

  • Inside Indiana Business with Gerry Dick Regional facility secures Fishers OKThe Fishers Town Council has approved a Florida-based consumer product company’s plans for a new regional operation. A Jarden Corp. (NYSE: JAH) subsidiary is looking to invest more than $16 million into the project

    July 23, 2014

  • nws-gb072314-jane howard profile - pic Optimists' president honored to be serving her community GREENSBURG — Greensburg Optimists Club President Jane Howard thinks of herself as “just one of the guys.”In the last five years, this Greensburg native has unexpectedly found herself rising up the ranks to lead one of the Tree City’s premiere, commun

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Decatur County Events Calendar Local clubs, service groups, fraternal organizations and others are encouraged to send their Coming Events information to the Daily News at or Daily News, PO Box 106, Greensburg, IN 47240. All July – International Crafts

    July 23, 2014

  • kids-gb072214-4H awards pic 1 Two 4-H’ers honored as outstanding exhibitors GREENSBURG – Two Decatur County 10 year 4-H members were honored as Outstanding Exhibitors during the 2014 4-H fair.Lexie Armand and Layne Sanders have both completed over 50 4-H projects each during their decade as members of the organization.Armand

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Decatur County Events Calendar Local clubs, service groups, fraternal organizations and others are encouraged to send their Coming Events information to the Daily News at or Daily News, PO Box 106, Greensburg, IN 47240. All July – International Crafts

    July 22, 2014

  • nws-gb072214 Back to school photo School registrations now underway GREENSBURG – All good things must come to an end – even summer vacation.Students enrolled in Decatur County Community Schools will return to the classroom Tuesday, Aug. 5. Students at Greensburg Schools return Monday, Aug. 4. Registration for all cur

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo