Wireless Towers To Connect Meters To Power Company

CLARKSDALE, MS (Ben Caxton) — At yesterday’s meeting the Clarksdale Public Utilities board heard from Clarksdale resident Teresa Poindexter, who questioned dramatic increases in her September water and sewer bills and complained about customer service. The commissioners promised to investigate her concerns, which led to some discussion later in the meeting about the accuracy and attentiveness of contracted meter readers. General Manager Mark Johnson noted that AMI electric meters will help resolve those problems, including alerting the utility to power theft. The utility has already taken delivery of five 70-foot poles to mount the receiving antennas on and when operational over 90% of Clarksdale’s electric meters will communicate with the central office with “one hop”. Installation of the new meters is set to begin in December and be completed by next July.


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