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Smart Meter Installation Starts Today

Water Valley Electric Department Superintendent Brandon Richardson stands in front of hundreds of boxes containing the new smart meters that will be installed in the city in the next two to three weeks. Richardson is holding one of the meters, and a connecting box that will be installed at City Hall for the data flow.

WATER VALLEY – Starting Wednesday contractors with Landis+Gyr will be installing new electric smart meters for all residential customers and most business accounts that receive power from the Water Valley Electric Department.

Electric department superintendent Brandon Richardson reported the installation of 1,800 residential meters is expected to be completed by the end of the month.  Richardson also said there will be a brief power outage at each meter during the changeover.

“The outage typically should last less than a minute,” the superintendent explained. The outage will be isolated to the meter that  is being changed.

Aldermen approved the purchase of the 1,800 residential meters and 202 commercial and industrial meters at a cost of $469,758 in January, 2021.  The cost also included installation.

Richardson said that the new meters and support service will allow his department to read the usage remotely. Power can also be connected or disconnected to each meter remotely.

The update comes after smart meters purchased in 2011 are obsolete and support or parts are not longer available. Landis+Gear provides the majority of the smart meters used in the state.

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