All meters in the Muskegon County Regional Water System are fitted with electronics that allow all meter reading to be completed via radio signal. Each meter has a radio sending unit that broadcasts meter information that is collected by a mobile receiver. Meter reading that once took months by having staff walk the entire water system to collect reads, now takes only hours. These reads are then uploaded into billing software and analyzed by staff. Staff always is on the lookout for potentially expensive leaks or malfunctioning meters.
Depending on what type of meter you have, there may one of two types of radios.
Metron Blue Radio
Metron meters installed in 2001 to 2004 had radio units attached that were a simple blue unit that broadcasted meter reads. These reads could then be collected in a meter reading program for billing purposes. These blue units were useful only for getting meter reads and collected no data.
The M1B is the next generation of radios that not only broadcasts the meter reading for your meter, but also collects data on water usage, detects backflow conditions, flags out excessive usage that may indicate a leak and logs water usage useful to help determine water usage patterns.
All new Metron meters or meters needing new electronics now have the Metron M1B attached. These M1B units are also attached to all Sensus meters.