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Beginning in August 2023, the City of Livingston will begin a meter conversion project for all of its residential and commercial water utility customers. It is expected to take several months. The City is working with the company Ameresco, and their subcontractor Pedal Valve (PVI), to replace outdated manual meters with upgraded meters as part of an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) project. This AMI water meter project will upgrade and modernize the City’s water billing infrastructure.
Customers will not be charged for the new meter. The City of Livingston will incur all costs for the new meter, the installation of the meter and repairs to the meter area from damage caused by the installation.
AMI stands for Advanced Metering Infrastructure. These new AMI meters consist of a water meter with a low-powered communication device/radio that is continuously recording usage and the radio sends a meter reading to the city through a secure network every 6 to 12 hours.
With this AMI water meter project, customers will have access to more frequent detailed information about water consumption, enabling them to have better control over their water usage and monthly bills. As the new meters are installed and tested, customers will be sent information on how to access and use the new technologies that come with the new system.
In most cases, the work will be performed Monday - Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. There may be some work performed on Saturday.
Ameresco and PVI employees will be properly identified with their company logo on their vehicles and uniforms. Here are some examples of the uniforms and logos you will see in work areas as they progress throughout the city.
Before starting the replacement process at a residence, a member of the installation team will give a courtesy knock on the front door. If a customer answers the door, the team member will explain the process and ask that the customer not use any water for approximately 30 minutes during the installation. If there is no response, and before beginning the installation the team will attempt to determine that water is not currently being used. If it is determined that water is currently in use, the team will proceed with work on another customer meter and return to re-attempt the installation.
Yes. Work crews will place a door hanger at a residence if they are unable to access the meter location or need the resident’s assistance in other ways before the meter can be changed out. This may include the meter being behind a locked gate, unsecured dog or other obstructions that prevent crews from performing their work.
Yes. Work crews will place a door hanger at the residence once the new meter is set and it will provide instructions to follow on flushing your lines.
In most cases, there will be an interruption of service for approximately 30 minutes during the change.
No, they do not need to enter your home. If the water meter is behind a fence, workers will need access to that part of the property. Ameresco, PVI, or City of Livingston employees will not have to enter homes at any time to perform work.
No, your new meter does not require any maintenance by the customer. The City of Livingston will take care of all maintenance.
To learn more about this water meter project, visit www.cityoflivingston-tx.com or call the City of Livingston Utility Billing Department at 936-327-4311.