Gonzales has begun Advanced Metering Infrastructure installation

Gonzales has begun Advanced Metering Infrastructure installation

Friday, February 08, 2019

On Monday, February 4, the City of Gonzales began installation of an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system from Utility Metering Solutions. Advanced metering technology enables the wireless transmission of water meter readings directly to the City of Gonzales Utility Department from regional collectors. This innovative system will collect multiple reads per day, allowing for better leak detection, billing accuracy, and improved customer service.

Currently, water is expected to be completed by June, with gas beginning directly thereafter. Please note, though, that any inclement weather that may occur could delay this timeline, but we will update you with any changes.

Utility Metering Solutions is a leader in the deployment of utility infrastructure systems and resource conservation, and supports our commitment to maintaining a high quality of life for our citizens through cost-effective, innovative programs. The new system will also help the City of Gonzales analyze and efficiently detect and minimize water loss.

Advanced metering also supports our commitment to preserving and protecting our environment by reducing carbon emissions as a result of taking meter readers off of the road, enhancing our ability to quickly detect and stop leaks, and providing customers with up-to-date water usage data so they can improve their efforts to conserve.

During installation, contractors working on behalf of the City of Gonzales will interrupt water service to replace the existing meter. Before leaving the site, crews will test the new water meter by running about 1 to 2 gallons of water from an exterior hose or faucet. Door hangers will be left at the main entrance to the property informing the customer of the status of the visit.

UMS employees will be supervised by the City of Gonzales personnel, wear yellow UMS tee-shirts, jackets or vests, and have successfully completed a comprehensive background check; contractor vehicles will also be clearly marked with the “UMS” logo.