Week of September 16, 2018

Wow. Summer has flown by.  I just got back from bicycling in the San Juan Islands in Puget Sound.  It is a beautiful place that seems remote, but it is very noisy with ships, airplanes and various industrial goings on.  So it is nice to be back in our quiet, comfy corner of the world.
 
One of the things we were able to accomplish just before I headed out was solidifying our contractual relationship with our reader meter company.  It might seem like a small thing, but it would be a daunting task to go back to the days of writing down each meter's usage number then subtracting it from the prior quarter's number, then hand entering the data into the billing program to create each bill.  That is what we were facing last month.  All that is currently included in our meter reader service.  The alternative of going high tech with the data being "beamed in" to our office is even more problematic--the cost of upgrading our meters would be in the $100,000+ and we have too many trees that would interfere with the transmitting units.
 
So last month we were able to convince our service provider that we wanted a long term relationship rather than have them phase us out.
We are paying more for the service (about $2.60 per household), but it is still much more cost effective for us unless technology can morph into a more user friendly opportunity.
 
Who knew water meter reading was so complicated?
 
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