Updated: September 2016
Phase 1 has been completed with delivery of the final report in August. Total capital and 20-year operating costs for implementation of the preferred AMI alternative across the entire regional service area is estimated at $56 million. Workshops will be conducted in September and October to further evaluate the final estimated implementation costs and the associated financial and operational benefits to both NNWW customers and the utility.
Updated: June 2016
In February 2016, the Waterworks Department launched a three-phase Automated Meter Reading (AMR)/Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) project. AMR and AMI are both forms of automated, remote meter reading. AMR refers to drive-by systems. The meter collects and stores data until it is collected by a meter reader driving past in a vehicle. AMR systems are limited to one-way communication.
AMI enables two-way communication through a fixed network to transmit information between the utility office and meters or other endpoints, and provides greater benefits to the utility and its customers. AMI has the potential to enhance Waterworks’ operational effectiveness by increasing meter reading efficiency; improving meter accuracy; reducing costs associated with vehicle operations; reducing water losses; improving system pressure management and pumping efficiency; and enhancing system modeling and demand analyses.
Phase I of this project is a study, conducted by the consulting firm Excergy Corporation, to determine the feasibility of implementing an AMR and/or AMI system in the Waterworks service area. The Feasibility Study is a detailed analysis of the costs and the benefits of AMR/AMI systems. Multiple scenarios are being considered, including a full AMR system (drive-by meter reading), a hybrid AMR/AMI system, a full AMI system, and a full AMI system with remote connect/disconnect capabilities.