South Elgin, ComEd agree to water meter deal
SOUTH ELGIN -- South Elgin becomes one of the first communities in the region to use ComEd's infrastructure to enable smart water meters. The South Elgin Village Board voted in favor of the plan on Monday, ComEd said.
Water utilities can securely tap into ComEd's system, which enables two-way communication over a fixed wireless network, to operate smart water meters without large capital outlays to build their own separate wireless infrastructure. Smart water meters create efficiencies including the ability to read water meters remotely, obtain hourly consumption data, perform remote connect/disconnect and leak detection, the utility company said.
"In addition to making service more reliable and resilient for families and businesses, ComEd's smart grid network enables smart streetlights, smart water meters and other solutions that help conserve resources and enhance safety," said Terence Donnelly, ComEd president and chief operating officer.
The South Elgin Public Works Department will oversee the installation of approximately 8,000 smart water meters beginning this summer and concluding early next year.