The City of Bossier City will begin installing the first of 1200 automated residential water meters throughout the city on Monday, February 6, 2012 as part of a pilot program. The meters are designed to provide real time information regarding water use and submit readings wirelessly to the water department for monthly billings.
The city council approved allocation of up to $800,000 last year to fund the pilot program which will determine if the system works as it should before the city commits to full deployment. The automated system is geared toward enhancing the efficiency of meter reading and eliminates the possibility of human error when determining monthly water bills. The system also would provide the city with immediate data and reports when investing discrepancies such as leaks within a residence.
The test meters will replace existing meters at various locations with many being placed in the outer boundaries of the city's water system. A city hired contractor will be installing the meters and residents whose homes are selected for the test program will be notified of the installations either in person or via a notice that will left at their home.
The pilot program is expected to last approximately one year.