Ira Township in Fairhaven, MI used to have a variety of water meters with different reading technology—radio, touchread, automatic reading boxes and direct-read meters. On average, the meters were 19 years old and some were as old as 40 years. “With meters that old, we were not recouping all the revenue we should be,” says Chris Hiltunen, Ira Township Water & Department of Public Service Superintendent.
Because of his 20 years of experience in the water industry, Hiltunen had the experience to know what he wanted to get out of his new meters and meter reading system. And so the search began to find the meter that would fit his needs. Focusing on solid-state water meters, he considered all the manufacturers, and then discovered the Kamstrup AMR and flowIQ® water meters. “Finding Kamstrup was great for us, it’s the kind of system we were looking for. The meters are radio-read and solid-state, and the price point was right where it needed to be,” comments Hiltunen.