Kearney upgrading water meters to be read remotely

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KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) By the end of 2018, the city of Kearney should be reading information from all city water meters by remote control.

In it's latest capital improvement update, the city reported that about 5,100 of it's water meters are read from fixed base radio towers. That represents about half of all the city's water meters.

Utility director Tony Jelinek said the goal is to have all city water meters to be read remotely by two towers. The meters will be updated with so-called smart-point radios, which convert the meter reading into a radio frequency. The towers then relay the information to the city's billing department where it's entered into a database for billing purposes.

Jelinek said the remote system eliminates the need for meter readers to be out in bad weather.

According to the capital improvement update the total cost of the project is $1.5 million to be paid for with revenue collected from city water users. They expect to complete the project this year.

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