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Advanced Metering Infrastructure Program

The City of Bastrop issued an RFP on January 9, 2014 for the Advanced Metering Infrastructure system (AMI) for both the City's Electric and Water Systems.  On February 27, 2014 the City opened two bids for the project.  AquaMetric was the selected vendor. 

Starting Dec 2014, the City of Bastrop will initiate a comprehensive water and electric meter conversion to an Advanced Meter Infrastructure (AMI) system that will replace approximately 5,700 meters.  The City has contracted with AquaMetric, and Utiliuse is their subcontractor for installation of meters, to perform this change-out as they are experienced in this type of meter conversion.  The purpose of the effort is to upgrade the City’s water and electric distribution systems with an electronic reading capability and to replace meters that have served beyond their estimated useful lives.  The target meter population includes all commercial and residential meters for the City’s service area for water and Bastrop Power & Light electric customers.  The estimated time of completion for the entire project is 8 months. 

Your patience throughout this important project is appreciated.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding this project, please feel free to contact our Utilities Customer Service office Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 4:30 pm at 512-332-8830 or via email at utilities@cityofbastrop.org.

Frequently Asked Questions
Q:  Are the new meters the same as the ones being replaced?
A:  No, meters will be replaced with automated ones that transmit the meter readings.  These automated meters eliminate the need to obtain readings directly from the meter and therefore improve the efficiency and lower the cost of the meter reading program.

Q:  Why do meters need to be replaced?

A:   As with any measuring device, meters can become less accurate as they age.  Water meters have a useful life of 12 to 15 years after which the accuracy may diminish.

Q:   Will my water service be interrupted during the installation?

A:   Yes, there will be temporary service interruption while the meter is replaced – typically about 15 to 30 minutes.  A Utiliuse representative will inform in person each resident prior to the installation of the new meter.

Q:   Do I need to be home for the meter replacement work?

A:   No, you don’t need to be home.

Q:   How much will the meter cost me?
A:   There is no charge for the new meter.

Q:   Will my utility bill increase?

A:   As meters age, they tend to run slower and may not measure all the water or kilowatts (electricity) going thru them.  Depending on the age and accuracy of your existing meter, you may experience a higher bill due to the accuracy of your new meter. The new meters will simply record consumption more accurately.

Q:   What if there is a leak at the meter or any problem after the meter has been replaced?
A:   If you notice any problems with the installation, please call us at 512-332-8830.

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