Town replaces water meters with help from TAC

The Town of Woodstock, Va. has completed a $1.2 million town-wide water meter replacement project, installing more than 1,800 new water meters with automatic meter reading (AMR) capability. The new meters will reduce read times and more accurately measure water usage, which should allow the town to receive more than $25,000 in additional revenue annually. Woodstock Town officials recognized the need to upgrade water meter infrastructure a few years ago, but lacked the staff resources...

• New meters accurately measure use, improve town revenues

DALLAS, TX, Nov. 29, 2007 -- The Town of Woodstock, Va. has completed a $1.2 million town-wide water meter replacement project, installing more than 1,800 new water meters with automatic meter reading (AMR) capability. The new meters will reduce read times and more accurately measure water usage, which should allow the town to receive more than $25,000 in additional revenue annually.

Woodstock Town officials recognized the need to upgrade water meter infrastructure a few years ago, but lacked the staff resources to manage the process. The town contracted with TAC, a world leader in energy services, building automation and security, to provide the personnel and project management expertise for the water meter change-out.

"The ability to accurately measure water usage not only allows our town to correctly bill customers for the water they actually use, but enables us to understand our water needs," said Larry Bradford, Woodstock Town Manager. "Now we have real data on town water consumption, so we can make forecasts and effectively manage our water resources to meet demand today and in the future."

TAC completed the project in just six months, with minimal impact on town staff, versus the five to 10 years the town estimated it would need relying on its own limited resources. With the new meters installed, the read time was reduced from one week to four hours, and the meters will accurately measure water flow to provide for precise customer billing. TAC installed an AMR system from Neptune Technology Group, a leading provider of utility automation systems.

Antiquated water meters are a major cause of lost revenues for municipal water utilities," said Wes McDaniel, vice president of TAC Energy Solutions. "The investment in materials and time necessary to complete a meter upgrade often prevents cities from undertaking this type of project. TAC can do this service quickly and with minimal disruption to residents and businesses, so that a city can begin to realize the revenue from accurately billing customers for their water usage."

"Antiquated water meters are a major cause of lost revenues for municipal water utilities," said Wes McDaniel, vice president of TAC Energy Solutions. "The investment in materials and time necessary to complete a meter upgrade often prevents cities from undertaking this type of project. TAC can do this service quickly and with minimal disruption to residents and businesses, so that a city can begin to realize the revenue from accurately billing customers for their water usage."

In addition to the new water meters, TAC installed energy efficient lighting and new programmable thermostats in three town facilities. These upgrades help reduce energy consumption in the buildings and provide additional savings for Woodstock's 4,300 residents.

TAC is a leading provider of building automation solutions based on Open Integrated Systems for Building IT. TAC's mission is to provide added value through building environment services for indoor climate, security and use of energy, delivered with advanced technology to end users and property owners throughout the world.

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