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Posted on: September 1, 2020

Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) System Update (Issue 189)


After successfully completing the pilot testing phase of the AMR Project earlier this year, the District has moved to the implementation stage of the project. When the project is complete, sometime in 2024, all manual-read meters in the service area (approximately 35,000) will be replaced with AMR meters. 

AMR meters collect consumption data from customers’ water meters through the use of low-level radio frequency technology. Rather than visually inspecting the register on each meter, District crews drive by AMR meters and collect the data on an electronic device (for most of you, your Puget Sound Energy electricity and gas meters are AMR meters). The benefits of AMR over manual read meters are many. They are safer and more efficient to read, limit human error in the data entry, and provide daily consumption information that can be helpful to detect the presence of leaks. 

Please note that water service may be interrupted as the new meters are installed. Home/Business owners will be notified prior to their water being shut off. Most installations will take approximately 20 minutes. If you have any questions you may contact the Project Manager, Phil Hite, at 253-945-1585 or visit

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