Meter readers will soon be a thing of the past in 33 Nebraska counties. Black Hills Energy spokesman Bob McKeon says they will soon install automatic meter devices.
“We are gong to put an encoder, receiver and a transmitter on front of the meter. Now, in most cases it takes only 10 to 15 minutes to do that. It does not require an interruption in gas service.”
When it comes time to read the gas meter, McKeon says a vehicle will drive by and the data will be automatically sent.
“As the vehicle passes by the meter, it sends a signal to the meter and the meter then transmits the information back to the computer.”
McKeon says adding the automated meter reader system is good use of technology.
“Wireless technology allows the company to read the meters more rapidly and then also eliminates the need for our service personal to access the customers property monthly to read meters.”
McKeon says the automated system is more accurate and eliminates the need to estimate a customer’s gas usage. Workers will start installing the meter readers on May 28 and work will continue through October.