CLEARWATER, Fla. – Clearwater Gas System formally announces the launch and implementation of an automated meter reading (AMR) system to service all gas customers outside of the city limits of Clearwater.
Automated meter reading, or AMR, is the technology of automatically collecting consumption, diagnostic, and status data from a water meter or energy metering devices and transferring that data to a central database for billing, troubleshooting, and analyzing. The automated technology mainly saves utility providers, like Clearwater Gas System, the expense of periodic trips to each physical location to read a meter.
Clearwater Gas System installed the first AMR endpoint as the initial pilot during the fall of 2008 in the Connerton and Lakeshore Ranch subdivisions, located in Central Pasco. With the success of the pilot project, Clearwater Gas System will convert all gas neighborhoods and metered locations outside of the Clearwater city limits to the AMR technology. The anticipated completion date is fall 2014. Future implementation plans will eventually include gas customers in Clearwater and will involve a joint effort with the City of Clearwater’s Public Utilities department.
“There are many intangible benefits to using AMR technology including personal safety of city personnel, improved leak and theft detection and greater accuracy of meter reads,” stated Bruce Griffin, Gas Operations Manager. Clearwater Gas System will notice an annual savings of more than $100,000 with the help of the new meter reading technology, starting in 2015.
Clearwater Gas System, a municipally-owned gas utility, has provided safe, clean, economical and reliable gas energy to residents and businesses in our growing service area since 1923. Clearwater Gas System is the fourth largest municipal gas system in Florida and ranks 34th out of nearly 1,000 public gas systems in the United States.