Girard installs $1.5 million water meter system

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The city of Girard is now using a more convenient and accurate water meter system and has started installing the new meters in homes.

The remote meters will soon be in every house in Girard. The city has used them in commercial buildings for than 15 years, and they’re now being used in homes.

“The main reason we’re doing it is because we have a lot of estimated bills in our water district, and we’re trying to get more accurate bills,” said Jerry Lambert, Director of Public Services. “We can have more accurate readings, so we can have more accurate billing periods.”

With the old system, the Water Department would enter homes to read the meter or customers would send their readings by post card or call in every two months. Lambert said the $1.5 million new system is more convenient for the city.

“We’d even have better access to numbers in regards to our water loss. It would take a lot less time to actually do the actual meter reading themselves and processing the bills,” said Girard Mayor Jim Melfi. “We’re searching for that improvement in service, the accuracy in the bills. Obviously, we have to have revenue to match the investment.”

The meters have been installed in 4,000 homes with 1,600 slated for installation.

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