The City of Allentown is upgrading all water meters not currently equipped with a radio transmitter. This mandatory program will affect approximately 27,000 customers over the next year and a half. Approximately 6,000 meters are already equipped with the technology.

These meter replacements are required to improve the accuracy of the city’s meter reading process. The installation of a radio transmitter will also eliminate the need for city personnel to enter private property to obtain meter readings, while providing enhanced leak detection features.

“We desperately need to upgrade our meters to improve efficiency, accuracy, and leak detection, and this automated system will do that as well as increase revenue for the city,” said Mayor Pawlowski.

The city secured an $8 million Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PennVEST) loan at 1% interest to pay for the project. PennVEST provides low-interest loans for design, engineering and construction of publicly and privately owned drinking water distribution and treatment facilities, storm water conveyance and wastewater treatment and collection systems.