On Tuesday, the Amarillo City Council approved a $27 million contract with Thirkettle Corporation Dba Utiliuse to replace all city water meters (more than 70,000) with an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) system. The City of Amarillo water system will be using smart meters – a digital city platform for utility billing.

“This represents a significant technological advancement in how Amarillo residents can pay, track and monitor their water use,” said Amarillo Mayor Ginger Nelson. “This new system completely modernizes the city water system. Residents are going to enjoy the accuracy and convenience - along with the many advantages - of this new digital city platform.”

City officials said the AMI system eliminates the need for manual readings of traditional water meters. The AMI system is completely online. The AMI system also eliminates estimates for water bills and ensures accurate billing. 

Residents will be able to monitor their daily water usage online, which also creates a timelier emergency response for possible water line problems and helps conserve the city water supply. 

The $27,024,744.76 contract is funded through previously issued bond proceeds from a zero percent interest loan and a $1 million grant, both provided by the Texas Water Development Board. Software integration for the AMI system is tentatively scheduled to begin on March 23, 2002, with project completion scheduled for Feb. 21, 2024.

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