The City of Opa-locka will deliver more efficient services to its water utility customers by expanding its entire Automated Meter Reading system. In December, 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 will begin installing new meters on Saturday, March 2nd.
Opa-locka officials established a Utility Task Force to complete the repairs and AMR upgrades throughout the city. The city’s Task Force is equipping 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 will upgrade about 1,100 residential and commercial meters over the next three months. The Utility Task Force will inspect, on foot, all 7,400 meters in the city’s system over the course of the year.
“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.”
The installation of the water meter will not require a service interruption. The city’s Utility Task Force will not need access inside any residential home nor commercial building to complete the upgrade. The employees will wear Opa-locka shirts, safety vests and carry City of Opa-locka identification. The Utility Task Force vehicles will carry “City of Opa-locka” signs.
Customers with questions can call Public Works at (305) 953-3058. Information also is available at www.opalockafl.gov.