FIRESTONE — When the new meter reading system in Firestone is complete, public works crews will be capable of knowing about leaks and other problems as soon as they occur.
According to a release from Firestone officials, a replacement program for the water meter reading system has entered its next phase, with completion projected for 2015.
The project was spurred by concerns for customer service, aging meters and making an effort to conserve water. The first phase began late last year with the replacement of more than 1,150 meters located in front yards that were incompatible with the fixed base system.
Shortly thereafter, radio towers and pit radios were installed to help transmit hourly readings to the utility’s billing department around the clock.
The new system will allow the utility billing department to alert customers of leaks in household plumbing, leaks in unoccupied dwellings and, when fully operational, customers will be able to access their account at any time of day to view usage, leaks and estimated monthly service charges.
“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 Public Works Director Theo Abkes.