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FIRESTONE — The town of Firestone has nearly completed the upgrade of its meter reading system, which included the replacement of 3,417 meter reading radios.
About 25 meters in Historic Firestone still require replacement as they are located inside homes. These final meters will be replaced during the summer. The upgrade will allow for better customer service efforts and water conservation methods.
With the upgrade to the meters complete, water customers now have the ability to set up a secure account to access their water usage through the AquaHawk website at www.firestone.aquahawk.us.
The system will allow customers to access hourly readings of real time usage, as well as monitor their water usage in an effort to prevent costly leaks and promote conservation.
The system will send water usage information to the utility billing department nonstop, while also allowing the department to alert customers of leaks in household plumbing and in unoccupied dwellings.
“This upgraded program shows how Firestone continues to serve customers with the most competitive water rates on the Front Range, while using the latest technology,” said Theo Abkes, public works director.
The project started in 2012 with the replacement of existing units. Funding for the water meter system upgrade is paid for by the water fund, which is separate from other Town funding. The water fund is the only fund designated to pay for these types of projects and upgrades to the system.