Under an AMI, advanced water meters transmit hourly water usage data over a wireless network, with customers accessing the data from a web portal while the city can access more detailed data and reports on water usage in the city. The benefits of a complete AMI system include:
“Being able to track it monthly, for some citizens, is going to be very valuable,” Mayor Michelle Collins said at the Miamisburg City Council meeting on April 19.
The city council voted unanimously to approve the project to be installed for just under $4 million by Virginia-based Ferguson Waterworks. The company, which has a location in the Dayton area, has completed similar projects in the area and recently signed a contract with the City of Fairfield in Butler County for a project “nearly identical” to Miamisburg. , said Griffin.
The project will be funded over a period of 10 to 15 years and funded by the city’s Water Capital fund, city officials said. The meters will be installed without any further rate increases, officials said.
The expected timeline for construction and software integration is one year and would begin as early as June, Griffin said.
It will allow the city to fund new meters under warranty by saving money in a variety of ways, including reducing water usage for the city, eliminating the cost of employees having to go out to read meters, and eliminating the process of replacing outdated and failing meters every year, she said.