Statesboro’s Water/Wastewater Department is overhauling the way it monitors water usage.
In a meeting held Tuesday, Statesboro City Council agreed unanimously to spend approximately $1.86 million for a system that will allow every water meter in the city to be read from a single location.
The upgrade will entail approximately 13,000 water meters that operate on the Sensus FlexNet System, allowing staff to record usage data from a central location — City Hall — rather than trek around town.
The move will save the city both time and money, according to Water/Wastewater Director Wayne Johnson.
“It will make us much more efficient,” he said. “Also, it will save us from having to add additional people — that read meters — to the payroll in the immediate future.”
The change will benefit users, too.
Eventually, through the system, “customers will be able to go in, pull up their account and see in real time their water usage,” Johnson said. “That can help us identify leaks, let people know if they’re using more than they’d like, and show folks how they can conserve water.”
The project will be paid for using Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax dollars that have been budgeted for 2013 and 2014.
Meters are hoped to be installed within the next 16 to 18 months.
In other business Tuesday, council agreed to spend $2,400 for an easement from the United States Postal Service. The acquired land will help facilitate a Georgia Department of Transportation project upgrading the intersection of West Main and South College streets.
Council also awarded contracts for upcoming street striping and street resurfacing projects.
The group is scheduled to next meet Tuesday, April 2, at 9 a.m. in City Hall.
Jeff Harrison may be reached at (912) 489-9454.