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The City of McKenzie is replacing all of the city’s 2,000 water meters and 1,111 Carroll County Electric Department-owned street lights The near $2.5 million transition project is providing …
The City of McKenzie is replacing all of the city’s 2,000 water meters and 1,111 Carroll County Electric Department-owned street lights The near $2.5 million transition project is providing energy-efficient lighting and a reduction to the cost of labor for manually reading meters.
Project implementation culminates over a 10-month period and will conclude with installation of Wi-Fi smart nodes plugged into the top portion of the street lights. The mesh Wi-Fi network will be controlled from a centralized location. The smart lighting system from Ubicquia consists of photocell replacement that provides advanced light control, utility metering, tilt/vibration sensing, connection to smart city sensors, public Wi-Fi and location bases services.
The installation of all-new, electronic water meters began recently. Delta Water of Louisiana, an independent contractor, is in the process of replacing approximately 2,000 meters for residential and commercial customers.
Joe Palacios of Delta Water said his crew of three to four personnel replace a total of 35 to 60 meters daily. Many of the meters are decades old.
Currently, crews are working diligently to install the new LED lights. Street lights and the signal lights have been replaced along Highway 79 and in residential areas including the Richardson Subdivision.