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Bossier City wrapping up installation of new automated water meters

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The meter is ticking more accurately than ever before.

The installation of automated water meters in Bossier City is nearly complete, and now every drop counts.

But that also means that leaky faucet may cost you if you don't get it repaired.

19,000 of these new automated water meters, which have a 25 year warranty, have been installed in the city so far with abut 5,000 left to go.

"It's a more efficient way of reading meters and ultimately would save the city money."

City spokesperson Mark Natale says the $8 million project was piloted for a year, and officially implemented in 2013, partly because the city was losing money with the older meters.

"As is the case with a lot of older meters, they don't register quite accurately, they run slower, meaning that they don't measure all the water that's coming through them."

The automated meters, on the other hand, are accurate nearly to the drop, tracking hourly usage, then transmitting it back to employees in the water department at city hall.

Graphs are created for every customer so that city employees can immediately detect a leaky toilet or faucet, an issue residents sometimes aren't even aware exists.

"In the overnight hours, if there's water usage happening, and people are sleeping, that's obviously a sign of a leak."

Even though this means city employees will no longer be walking meter to meter, Natale says they'll still be needed to service the new meters and turn on or off water services.

"As the entire system goes online, it's not going to be a case where we're going to have to lay off meter readers," he says, though he adds that a few positions may still be eliminated through attrition. 

Funding for the automated meters comes from a $125 million 2008 bond issue passed by the city council for water and sewer improvements.

It'll be paid off through revenue generated by customer's water and sewer bills.

All of the automated meters should be installed by the end of June.

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