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Spinelli debuts at Town Council meeting


Water reader program details discussed



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Newly elected Town Councilor Larry Spinelli was sworn in at his first council meeting on Monday, Feb. 28. Adam T. Silva. (click for larger version)
March 01, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — An overview of the new automated water reader program was given by Department of Public Works Director Tom Daley and Water Department Director Tom Cutler at a Town Council meeting Monday, Feb. 28.

The new project will install 4,200 new readers. Currently, the process of reading meters takes four to six weeks and is done by two workers visiting each house and handwriting the numbers.

After the home visits, one worker will spend two weeks checking all of the readings and finally, one person in assessing will spend two weeks to input the data.

The technology currently in place, which was developed in the 1970s, does not take into account for equipment failures and can easily be inaccurate.

The new system will have one worker spend a day and a half with a drive-by reader. The readings will be automatically downloaded into billing software. Nothing will be handwritten and will allow for more DPW manpower to be used for watershed maintenance.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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