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April 9th, 2009
'Smart meter' installation begins in San Marcos

D.A. Tinney of Texas Meter & Device, uses a meter puller to remove an old electric meter at an apartment.

STAFF REPORT

The City of San Marcos has started to install “Smart Meters” throughout the city.

The Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) is installing water and power meters that can be read remotely, and offers customers information about their water and electricity use. The project will take up to 18 months to complete.

“The deployment of the ‘smart meters’ begins an important stage of the AMI project that the city’s electric, water/wastewater and technology services departments have been preparing for over the last several years,” said San Marcos Director of Public Services Tom Taggart. “We are excited about bringing new technology to our utilities that will benefit our customers, and improve utility operations as well.

Texas Meter & Device Company was hired by the city to install the 3,500 new meters. Apartment complexes will be the first to have them installed. Customers can expect brief service outages of one minute for electricity, and ten minutes for water during installations.

Customers that have medical needs or special condition can call (512) 393-8313, as can businesses that wish to reschedule installation.

April installations include:

  • April 6-10: Coers Drive, Owens Street, Sarah Street, and apartment complexes Highcrest, The Oaks, Hill Country, Village at Springtown, The Summit and The Edge.
  • April 13-17: Apartment complexes Exchange II, Townwood, Kelsea Place, Autumn Chase, Colony Square and Riverview.
  • April 20-24: Apartment complexes Cedars, Graystone, Parkhill, Palazzo, Garden Court, Stonebrook, Asbury Place, Savannah Club, along with Hunter Road, Stagecoach Road, Corporate Drive, Dutton Drive and Wonder World Drive.
  • April 27-May 1: Apartment complexes Bishop Square, Metropolitan, Treehouse, Stonegate ands Lex Chateaux, and along Academy, Alamo, Yale, West Sessom, Canyon Fork and Orchard Streets, and Canyon Road.

Additional water installations are:

  • April 8-15: Blanco River Village, Airport Road, Highway 21, and Blanco Vista Homes.
  • April 16-25: Anderson Acres, Horace Howard, Old Bastrop Road, Coffee Road, Ford Road, the 4000 block of Hunter Road, Posey Road and Walker Road.
  • April 27-May 5: Kingswood, Sleepy Hollow and Quail Run.

For more information on the AMI project, call the electric utility at (512) 393-8300.

Carlos Villasana, Equipment Operator with the City’s Water Utility replaces an old water meter with a new “smart” meter.

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0 thoughts on “'Smart meter' installation begins in San Marcos

  1. Good question. I don’t know how remotely these meters are read. In some towns, they still have people drive around with a computer to “capture” the meter readings. It just keeps them out of people’s backyards. But they may have gotten “smarter.” Don’t know.

  2. In a presentation to the Downtown Association, city staff assured us this will not put any “meter readers” out of a job. And, this is an important step forward for the city as we desire to improve various aspects of our infrastructure.

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