For Immediate Release
January 9, 2020
HONOLULU – A Board of Water Supply (BWS) contractor, Royal Contracting Company, will be conducting a change-out of its automated meter reading (AMR) meter transponder units in its meter boxes over the next year, beginning this month. The BWS will be replacing approximately 80,000 of these units in various locations throughout Oahu at a cost of about $5 million.
“The replacement work is necessary, as many transponders have exceeded their service life,” said BWS Manager and Chief Engineer Ernest Lau. “The BWS has been gradually exchanging the aging transponders for newer ones, which has noticeably increased our AMR read rate for drive-by reads. This project will accelerate those efforts and make the automated meter reading process more efficient.”
In 2017, BWS workers started to replace transponders in one of its 20 meter-reading cycles. That cycle’s AMR read rate rose from 80% to 92%. Now it has a steady read rate of greater than 95%. Subsequent change-outs for other cycles have had similar results. When the change-out project is completed, the BWS anticipates AMR read rates of 95% or higher.
In the meantime, whenever the BWS is unable to get an AMR read it can, and makes every effort to, go back and obtain a manual reading from the meter, which continues to register water usage. While this takes additional time and effort, currently the overall meter read rate is at 98%.
The BWS has contracted Royal Contracting Company to install the new transponders and EKNA Services, Inc., as the construction managers. The project tasks include:
Work will be conducted seven days a week, from 7:30AM to 10:30PM, except on state highways where work is allowed only from 7:30AM to 3:30PM. Turning water service off and on is not part of this work.
Additionally, the BWS would like customers to be aware of the following:
“We also want to assure our customers that we are changing out the MXU and not the meter, itself, nor the size of a meter that services the property,” Lau added.
For more information about the MXU Mass Replacement Program, view the BWS’s website at boardofwatersupply.com, call the project hotline at 748-6500, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Board of Water Supply (BWS), a semi-autonomous agency of the City and County of Honolulu, manages Oahu’s municipal water resources and distribution system. As the largest water utility in the State, the BWS serves approximately one million customers on Oahu. The BWS embraces its mission of “Water for Life – Ka Wai Ola” – to provide a safe, dependable, and affordable water supply, now and into the future. Uwē ka lani, ola ka honua – “When the heavens weep, the earth lives.” For more information, visit www.boardofwatersupply.com.
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