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'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.


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:

Additional water installations are:

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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#1 Comment By sallyp On 04/09/2009 @ 9:22 pm

How many meter readers is this going to put out of a job? OMG

#2 Comment By Lila Knight On 04/09/2009 @ 9:26 pm

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.

#3 Comment By Steve Harvey On 04/10/2009 @ 7:34 am

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.