The City of Amarillo was rewarded $29.5 million by the Texas Water Development Board Thursday Board for an automated water meter system.
This will fund an automated water meter system citywide for all residential and commercial City of Amarillo customers which is roughly 72,000 customers and will include automated water meter billing.
The system will provide for more accurate water meter readings and allow for real-time flow detection and customer notification of potential leaks will in return aid in water conservation and water system security.
The tentative timeline for Amarillo and the automated water meter system includes a construction start date of October 1, 2020, and a tentative completion date of October 1, 2022.
“The resolution by the Texas Water Development Board will significantly improve and enhance the city’s water meter infrastructure,” said City of Amarillo Assistant City Manager of Public Services Floyd Hartman. “This will allow for automated meter reading for all water customers for the City of Amarillo. This will greatly improve customer service and allow for additional improvements in the future for all City of Amarillo utilities. “We greatly appreciate the Texas Water Development Board and their dedication to helping Amarillo’s water infrastructure.”
The TWDB resolution includes $28.5 million in financing for the advanced metering infrastructure and $1 million in principal forgiveness from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) for construction.
There is a projected savings of $4.6 million due to reduced interest and the CWSRF grant.