Girard council considers use of remote water meters
City council heard a proposal to install remote water meters throughout the city.
A representative of Cincinnati-based Neptune Equipment Co., which specializes in water-utility monitoring, spoke to council members Monday night about the details of installing remote water meters in the city.
Currently, the city’s residential water meters are located inside homes, and they must be read manually by city employees.
The remote water meters would allow city workers to access the water readings on a laptop computer, said Tom Shupe, a sales representative with Neptune.
He said the remote water meters are designed to send a radio signal to a computer that would record the water usage for a particular home.
Council approved a bid from Neptune to install remote water meters in 2010, but it was rejected by the state-appointed fiscal oversight committee, which oversaw the city’s financial appropriations at that time. The state removed Girard from fiscal emergency in April.
Louis Adovasio, councilman at large and utility committee chairman, said the city must advertise for bids from other contractors before any approval on the meters can be made.