Please see below for information about the conversion to Advanced Metering Infrastructure, or “AMI.”
Why is OMWD changing how meters are read?
Currently, OMWD representatives drive along your street each month, and your meter reads are transmitted electronically from the meter to our truck. After the upgrade to AMI, meter read data will instead be transmitted to a “fixed-base” receiver in the community.
Since the AMI system eliminates costs like labor and fuel associated with meter reading, OMWD can better control our costs while reducing our carbon footprint, too.
Whose meters will be retrofitted with AMI?
The AMI system will first be installed in 4S Ranch and will be completed by spring 2013. 4S Ranch was selected as the best initial candidate because of its density and flat area. OMWD will consider installing AMI in other areas in the future.
What does this mean to me?
In July and August crews visited your neighborhood to clear debris and overgrowth from your meter box. By spring 2013, the transmitter currently attached to your meter will be replaced with an AMI transmitter. In some cases, the lid of your meter box may be replaced as well. No action is required on your part. In the future, the new technology may allow you to more closely track and manage your water consumption.
Will this change how my water use is metered?
No. Your water meter will not be changed or replaced. The only change is that the drive-by reading equipment attached to your meter will be replaced with fixed-base equipment. There will be no changes to how you are billed for water service.
How can I read my meter?
The display on your meter (dials/register) will remain the same. You can continue to read your meter as usual. Visit our How Do I Read/Find My Meter page for more information.
Will AMI interfere with wireless devices in my home?
No, AMI will not interfere with any wireless devices in your home.