Davie County Public Utilities in Mocksville, N.C., had 11,000 water meters divided into 30 rural reading routes spread across 400 square miles. Meters are often separated by a half-mile or more. Covering the routes took a driver and meter reader 50 days, an expense that stretched the utility’s budget.
“The utility was growing and we couldn’t keep up,” says director Johnny Lambert. “Consequently, we began researching automated meter reading, what the systems provided, and the cost. Since we bill every other month, we looked for solutions that allowed us to pull the whole billing cycle out of a meter if necessary.” Read More