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County water system eyes smart meters

Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 4:07 pm

The Lincoln County Board of Public Utilities wants to replace its employee-read water meters with an advanced metering infrastructure, or AMI system, to address a myriad of operational issues.

AMI is an integrated system of smart meters, communications networks and data management systems.

Superintendent Chris Merz led a public discussion regarding the proposed AMI project after the recent board meeting.

Leaks are one of the bigger thorns in LCBPU’s side, literally causing the utility to leak money across the county.

“On average, we have to send 1.445 gallons of water for a customer to receive a gallon of water,” Merz said. “Our average loss is around 44.5 percent.”

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