Our entire service area has now been upgraded to BEACON, a new radio read system, from Badger Meter. The new meters have low-signal radio transmitters placed within the meter pit which allow us to record data from a specially equipped drive-by vehicle. This system has virtually eliminated the annoying problems of incorrect readings and estimated bills. It now takes our staff about 8 hours to read and process over 1300 meters, a great improvement over the two-week manual read effort! The AMR system also reports if a meter has shown unusual water consumption during the prior month, indicating a possible leak in the plumbing. Members are notified by e-mail or regular mail when this occurs. EMWC will continue to make annual inspections of the meter pits in order to keep them clean and functioning properly. Please remember to keep the area around the pits free from debris, grass, or other obstructions.