The Carlsbad Municipal Water District (CMWD) has replaced all of its water meters with new automated meters that can be read remotely in order to save both water and money. CMWD staff can now read meters by collecting data from each meter using wireless technology, reducing the time it takes to read the district’s 29,144 meters from 329 hours to 55. “When we started this project in 2008, it was expected to take 15 years and cost $15 million to replace every meter,” said Mario Remillard, the project manager. “In 2012, new technology became available that allowed us to cut nine years from the project and reduce the cost by $9.6 million, so we’ve finished the project much more quickly and saved money doing it.”

Other benefits of the new system include the ability to track water use and better explain usage history to customers who have questions. “One advantage of this new system is if a customer calls with questions about increased water usage, we can call up the data and help solve the problem right then and there,” Mario said. For more information visit www.carlsbadca.gov.