The Muskingum County Projects Director met with the county commissioners to discuss opening bids for new radio read water meters in our area.
Projects Director, Don Madden says that one local vendor accepted their bid and now Buckeye State Pipe will oversee the expansive project. It was a little over $500,000 and they were a $159 a piece for 3,400 meters." said Madden.
The project will take place in areas west of the Muskingum River for the next two years and will replace existing outdated meters.
"We currently have radio read water meters in for the residence but those meters were installed several years ago and they basically have served their useful life and they are now to the point that the radio portion does not work as well as we would like it to. This will be replacing those we have been working on this project for a couple of years," said Madden.
Madden says that radio read meters are safer for installers and more accurate than manual metering systems.
"If you’re reading them by hand there’s always the chance of marking down the wrong readings and things of that nature. This way it’s all done electronically and it will be billed directly to the computer," said Madden.
The county will start installation in the spring and the project is expected to be completed in full by the fall of 2015.