Wednesday, March 2, 2011

City incorrectly installed more than 9,000 water meters

Posted By on Wed, Mar 2, 2011 at 9:08 AM

The sad saga of Atlanta's faulty water meters continues. Via the AJC:

Jim Beard, deputy commissioner and chief financial officer of Atlanta’s Department of Watershed Management, said a sampling of 9,193 of the city’s 127,000 water meters revealed the antennas in 25 percent of them were installed upside down in the meter box instead of on top on the lid.

Cue "Yakety Sax."

Beard said the system is designed to allow meter readers to receive radio signals on the mobile data collectors or hand-held units up to two miles away from the meter.

With the antennas upside down, Beard said, the range is drastically reduced, which has forced meter readers to stand directly over the meter box to get a reading.

Beard says the upside-down meters are an "operational issue" that affect the meter reading process, not a "billing issue." Chief Operating Officer Peter Aman, however, told CNN the faulty equipment might play a role in some customers' unexplained spike in water bills.

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