LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — Las Vegas plans to spend about $1.1 million in grant and loan money to upgrade existing water meters so that they no longer need to be read manually.
City Utilities Director Ken Garcia says about $825,000 is coming from a grant and the remaining $275,000 from a state clean water loan fund.
The Las Vegas Optic reports (http://bit.ly/Tyxcrp ) the city will only need one meter-reader once the new devices are installed. That worker will drive around and equipment will read signals and record usage.
Currently three readers and a supervisor are dedicated to the task. Garcia says the other employees will be reassigned to other tasks like fixing water lines.
The City Council gave preliminary approval to the funding at its Nov. 5 meeting.