Opa-locka officials decided it was time to improve the city’s water utility meters by expanding its entire Automated Meter Reading system – a system where meters are read electronically.
In December 2012, city commissioners approved $440,456 for the AMR upgrades. There is no direct charge to utility customers for the meter upgrades.
The city’s Utility Task Force began installing new meters in March and completed the project in September. The Utility Task Force team was charged with completing the repairs and AMR upgrades throughout the city. They equipped meters with a small transmitter to efficiently and effectively send monthly meter readings to a laptop in a passing city vehicle using harmless radio waves.
The Utility Task Force upgraded about 1,100 residential and commercial meters and inspected, on foot, all 7,400 meters in the city’s system.
“We are making significant investments in our utility meter system to automate the reading process,” said Kelvin L. Baker, Sr., city manager. “This technology increases operational efficiencies and improves the service that we provide to our customers. With AMR, utility workers no longer need access to a customer’s property each month to read the meters. Locked gates and protective pets no longer block the path to an accurate reading, which translate into an accurate monthly statement.”
Customers with questions can call Public Works at (305) 953-3058. Information also is available at www.opalockafl.gov.