FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) - The city of Florence is changing part of its utilities system to an automatic system.
The city says it will help officials track water usage at businesses and residences more efficiently.
Mayor Haddock says crews will build the new system underground. The new system will help city workers monitor usage without physically inspecting the meters.
“What it will do is it will actually read the amount of water that will go through the meter and so our meter reader will just have to ride by. And they’ll have an automated hand held device in the vehicle with the person checking the system. That will read that meter to see the usage at each location that we have a meter,” said Mayor Haddock.
The mayor also believes the new change can help benefit residents.
“The only way that it can help is by making a positive impact. With this new system we may be able to detect water problems a little sooner to make the residence aware that they are having a problem,” said Mayor haddock.
Mayor Haddock says the project will cost the city about 1.2 million dollars. But with the savings the system will provide the city, he says the city and residents will save rather than spend.