City administrators in Jasper have been implementing a massive project to automate the town’s water meter reading duties since 2011, and last week the Jasper Board of Mayor and Aldermen took the next step in the process of purchasing that equipment.
The board voted unanimously to purchase 1,000 water meter reading devices from the Badger company for $175,800.
The equipment will allow water meters in the town to relay their information wirelessly instead of manually being read by city workers each month.
Mayor Paul Evans said the purchase is a “cost-saving” action that will cover a little more than one-fourth of Jasper’s 3,900 water meters.
Currently the city spends around $67,000 per year in labor to read the meters, and Evans said that doesn’t count fuel used and vehicle wear-and-tear.
Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press