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Posted: Wednesday, November 7th 2012 at 10:06am

Mt. Airy looks at replacing all 550 water meters

By Rob Moore Editor
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Mt. Airy Town Councilman Ray McAllister looks over one of the water meters the town is considering. Also shown are Town Clerk Ann Darden and Mayor Gary Morris. (Photo/Rob Moore)
MT. AIRY – The Mt. Airy Town Council is moving forward with plans to replace the town’s 550 water meters.

On Monday, the council heard from Michael Kavouklis and David Williams of Consolidated Pipe & Supply Company Inc., and Brandon Foster of Master Meter Systems about the radio-read meters they offer.

The sealed electronics transmitter unit activates once 30 gallons of water flows through the meter and has a 1,200- to 1,500-foot range. The meters contain a tamper alarm, leak alarm and backflow alarm, and have a 20-year accuracy warranty.

Town employees can drive at the speed limit as they they pass the meters and the usage data will be recorded.

“Our water loss rate this month is terrible,” said Councilman Ray McAllister, who chairs the town's water/sanitation/fire committee.

The new meters will help identify when and where water losses are occurring.
Officials said the City of Demorest will begin changing out some 5,000 water meters to the radio-read units from Master Meter Systems after Thanksgiving.

Other jurisdictions using the radio-read meters from Master Meter Systems include Sky Valley, Dahlonega, Hartwell, Royston, Danielsville, Madison County, Martin, Lawrenceville and Carroll County, company officials said.

Council members will discuss whether to approve the meter replacement during a workshop meeting at 5 p.m. Nov. 28. The 2013 town budget also will be discussed at that time.
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