Las Vegas spending $1.1 million on water meters

Posted at: 11/10/2012 12:44 PM
By: The Associated Press

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) - Las Vegas plans to spend about $1.1 million in grant and loan money to upgrade existing water meters so that they no longer need to be read manually.

City Utilities Director Ken Garcia says about $825,000 is coming from a grant and the remaining $275,000 from a state clean water loan fund.

The Las Vegas Optic reports city will only need one meter-reader once the new devices are installed.

That worker will drive around and equipment will read signals and record usage.

Currently three readers and a supervisor are dedicated to the task.

Garcia says the other employees will be reassigned to other tasks like fixing water lines.

The City Council gave preliminary approval to the funding at its Nov. 5 meeting. ___ Information from: Las Vegas Optic, http://www.lasvegasoptic.com (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)