Smart water meter installation begins this week


This week, the City of Lubbock deployed teams to begin the installation of their new advanced water meter systems.

“As of Monday for the water at least, we just began the full deployment,” said Aubrey Spear, director of water utilities for the city. “So far about 500 have been installed.”

She said crews have a long way to go as there are 90,000 meters to switch out across the city.

Isiah Alvarado, a Meter Tech for the city,  said the process should not take more than an hour. 

“We make contact with the customer, if we cant make contact we go ahead with the meter exchange,” Alvarado said. 

With the smart meters, the city will get notifications throughout the day to help find leaks. 

“That meter now will send messages to a central location through a series of collection and we get everything automatically rather than manually reading it,” Spear said.

Spear said the smart meters should have benefits because they will help save money in the long run. 

“There’s at least two major benefits that we’ll realize right away, we won’t be manually reading the meters anymore,” Spear said. “It’s also a reduction of errors due to manual reading which is a benefit to the customer and to us.”

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