This web site is here for the members of Payne County Rural Water District No.3 in Oklahoma. Its purpose is to keep you informed on what is going on throughout the district, and to help you understand how we run the district.
Automated Meter Reading System
The Water District is installing Automated Meter Reading (AMR) system. Our new system is Drive by Radio Read water meters from Sensus — using their iPerl water meter and 520M Transmitters. In the future the system may be converted to Fix Point reading from our water tower.
Sensus is the world's largest manufacturer of water meters and have a substantial share of sales of automatic meter reading (AMR) and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) devices through their sale of advanced systems to North American water utilities. See Sensus on the web at Sensus.com.
Members are requested not to tamper with meters or transmitters. Damage to any of the equipment will be billed to the customer – minimum charge is $250.00. This has been our policy since 2000. Over the last nine years the Water District has been installing radio read capable meters, but not the transmitter. Employees are presently installing transmitters on those meters and replacing older meters with the new iPerl water meter and transmitter by Sensus. AMR will reduce meter reading from 30 to 3 man hours.
We encourage members to know where your water meter is located and have a meter key to turn the water off in case of a water leak. The Water District can sell you a meter key if desired – our meter key is longer because we install the meter and lines deeper. Once the transmitters are installed we GPS the meter location. We are now able to E-mail you an Internet Link that shows the location of your meter on Google Maps with a large green arrow pointing to the water meter.
If you open your meter can lid, please be very careful – the transmitter is attached to the lid and wired to the water meter in the ground. In newer water meter installations we install a curb stop that may be used to turn off your water if needed. It is located about two feet from the meter can – before the water meter and is not in the meter can.
A curb stop is a much better way of turning off your water. The curb stop is located under a 6-inch drop lid that we paint blue. Generally a short meter key will not reach the depth of the curb stop. Over time we will replace all meter cans and meter setter, therefore everyone will get a curb stop for turning off their water. The meter setter we use has a check valve to prevent your water from coming back into the main water lines.