Cellular water meters –
There are two types of endpoints: near-distance and cellular.
Near-distance endpoints let us read meters by driving around the valley with a device mounted on the vehicle’s dashboard that communicates with the endpoint over a few feet. We do this once a month around the first of the month. We upload the data to a web portal, which calculates usage and produces alerts of possible leaks by looking at the usage pattern over the 24 hours prior to the reading of the meter.
As part of our ongoing initiative started in 2021 to modernize our operations with the goals of reducing operating costs, improving the quality of service to our members and strengthening our water conservation program, in late 2023 we started replacing near-distance endpoints with cellular endpoints. We will finish upgrading the first set of 31 meters in the spring of 2024, and then upgrade the remaining meters over the next 24-36 months.
Cellular endpoints continuously transmit usage data by cellular network (either Verizon or AT&T, whichever has the strongest signal where the meter resides) to EyeOnWater, a web portal that provides 24/7 access to water consumption data, and lets homeowners set up alerts for potential leaks so they don’t have to wait for a high water bill or a notification from us. EyeOnWater has IOS and Android smartphone apps. Please watch this 7-minute video: