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Water meter replacements gain momentum

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On Monday, HCSA subcontractors with U.S Bronco Services from Houston, Texas replaced water meters along North Main Street in South Boston. / July 22, 2021

Halifax County Service Authority employees and subcontractors have been busy this week installing new water meters at residences along North Main Street, in the early stage of a process that will upgrade operations throughout the HCSA service area.

The county water and sewer authority has 4,200 new meters to install for in-town and outlying customers in South Boston, Halifax, Clover, and at Virginia International Raceway.

“We hope to complete the physical installations by the end of September,” said Halifax County Service Authority Executive Director Mark Estes.

To date, the service authority has installed around 1,600 of the new water meters. The updated equipment will allow technicians to keep tabs on customers’ water usage from the HCSA office, rather than having to go out to homes to take individual readings.

Estes said the communications infrastructure to tie together the meter network is already in place and operational. The benefits of Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) will allow the HCSA to send out alerts to customers in instances where usage has spiked — from a meter that might have frozen up, or from a water leak in the utility distribution system, or a problem as simple as a faucet that is left running.

There will be minimal disruption to customers’ water service during the installation. It takes approximately 15 minutes for crew members to disconnect the old meter and install the new water meter reading device. The project is being completed for the HCSA by Ferguson Waterworks and subcontractors US Bronco, based in Houston, Tex. Crews will not need to enter your home. A door tag notice will be placed on your front door notifying customers when their meter has been replaced.

For more information on upgrading your water meter visit or call the Halifax County Service Authority at 434-575-4240.

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I am a frequent walker of North Main Street. Not entirely sure here, but the water meters that have been serviced with the new technology seem have this telling cap, of sorts. Black, about four inches in diameter and about a half inch high. If I am right here, walkers need to be aware of those caps. They are definitely a trip-hazard.

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