Mayor Bill Williams tells WTVA-TV in Tupelo that one system can provide hourly and daily readings as well as notify officials of a leak. He says the second would provide a basic reading, and like the smart meter, information could be retrieved by computer.
Public Works Director Richard Feist says the standard type of meter wears out over time. He says the old meters require city employees to read them. He says inaccurate readings mean a loss of revenue for the city.
Feist says switching to the new meters could save an estimated $56,000 a year.
Williams says higher costs are passed on to the consumer.