In an effort to enhance water conservation while reducing water bills, water officials in Arlington, Virginia, are installing automated meter reading systems on residential properties.
The new water meters will allow water providers to easily gather usage data without having to travel to each box. The meters will automatically gauge how much water has been consumed at each location and transmit the readings using radio waves back to a centralized dashboard, Arlington Now reported.
"The meters tend to lose accuracy as they age, so one of the benefits is the increased accuracy of the reading," said Mary Strawn, county engineer.
Other automated water meter reading solutions will be showcased at the 2012 Annual American Water Works Association Conference and Exposition in Dallas. Several water meter companies from across the country will be at the event, displaying their latest technology and lead-free polymer products that aim to increase responsible water usage and reduce billing errors.
Some companies will also be introducing pipe fittings and other water metering products at the event. Next generation fluidic oscillator and polymer meters, for example, offer increased efficiency and accuracy with limited maintenance requirements.