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New Port Richey to upgrade water meters

NEW PORT RICHEY — City Council members approved spending up to $1.5 million to go digital with water meters in the city.

The technology upgrades will take place in two phases, with the first phase approved Tuesday, allowing the city over the next six months to change out more than half of existing meters to digital meters that do not need in-person readers, according to Assistant Public Works Director Sherman Applegate.

Systems upgrades to the water utility will provide more accurate and customized billing for customers, help the city detect leaks with more proficiency, and eliminate $77,000 a year the city spends contracting for meter reading services.

The project has been part of the city's capital improvements program so the price tag is already accounted for in the budget, Applegate said.

New Port Richey to upgrade water meters 05/07/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 5:41pm]
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