OGDEN -- Ogden city water customers are in line for an upgrade.
As part of the recently adopted water rate study, the city has set aside $1.5 million for fiscal years 2013 and 2014 to upgrade residents' water meters.
Meters that are manually read will be upgraded to radio-read meters, which city officials say will lessen the likelihood that human error will result in an incorrect water bill.
City Public Services Director Jay Lowder said an often-asked question is: "Did I really use this much water?"
"In a time when every penny counts, that's a very valid question," he said. "(With the new meters) customers can be sure their water bills are accurate."
City Engineer Justin Anderson said most meters only read accurately for 15 to 20 years, then begin reading low.
"Obviously, it's important that we have accurate meters, not only from the city's standpoint, but also for the customer," he said.
Lowder said the radio-read meters will provide detailed information about water usage.
The newest meters record usage from day to day and hour to hour, which is helpful in determining if there is a leak in a customer's system, he said.
The usage data also helps customers identify how watering their lawn affects their bills.
"It helps water users save money and conserve water simultaneously," Lowder said.
Roughly 24,587 water accounts are open in Ogden city. About 56 percent, or 14,013, of those accounts had radio-read meters as of July.
Lowder said the water utility anticipates installing another 6,200 meters between now and next July, bringing the percentage of residents on radio-read meters to 83 percent.
By July 2014, the city hopes to have installed radio-read meters for all open water accounts.