The City of Gatesville Partners with Ameresco to Upgrade Water Meters and Implement Automatic Metering Infrastructure
Oct 28, 2020
Ameresco, Inc., a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company, announced that it is partnering with the City of Gatesville, Texas, to replace over 3,600 city water meters as part of an automatic metering infrastructure (AMI) project. Upon completion, Gatesville residents will benefit from greater transparency into their water usage and billing, helping the community conserve more and spend less on operating its water infrastructure.
Designated by the 77th Texas Legislature as the “Spur Capital” of Texas, the City of Gatesville contracted with Ameresco in December 2019 to evaluate the potential benefits of implementing an AMI project in the city.
Its focus was to achieve operational efficiencies and infrastructure improvements associated with the City’s water system, while providing tangible and intangible benefits to its residents.
“Apart from new capabilities to receive up-to-date information about their households’ water consumption and related costs, Gatesville residents benefit greatly from this AMI project because it will update our community’s infrastructure in a budget-neutral way,” said Bill Parry, City Manager for the City of Gatesville.
Over the 15-year period, “Projections show that our new and improved metering technologies will provide over $860,000 in meter reading costs savings along with the potential capture of over $1,500,000 in lost and unaccounted for water and sewer revenues. Ameresco has a great amount of experience in this area of municipal infrastructure projects and we are grateful for the steps they’re taking to help us optimize how we monitor and optimize water usage across the community”, states Bill Parry.
With work on the AMI project already underway, Ameresco will replace over 3,600 outdated water meters with new, best of breed offerings. The AMI project also entails migrating meter software to a hosted cloud-based platform and providing the citizens with a customer portal where they can remotely access their consumption information securely.
“Moving its community to a new and improved water metering system is just one way that the City of Gatesville is pursuing key infrastructure improvements in a fiscally responsible way,” said Bob Georgeoff, vice president of Ameresco. “Over time, these enhancements will help Gatesville capture lost water and reduce meter reading and maintenance costs that could otherwise be reinvested back into the community.”
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