Lavonia Continues Effort to Switch to Digital Water Meters

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia

The switch to upgrade Lavonia water customers to new digital water meters is one step closer to reality.

In April, the city of Lavonia announced it would be making the switch to digital meters as a cost saving measure.

At the Lavonia City Council’s regular meeting Tuesday night, City Manager Gary Fesperman recommended the city stay with its current provider, Sensus Water Meters.

According to Fesperman, the company knows Lavonia’s system inside and out.

Fesperman said he and Water Department officials looked at different service providers in Hartwell and in Blairsville, Georgia.

He said Blairsville uses the full Sensus digital system, adding that the full Sensus system allows hundreds of water meters to be read from one location.

Fesperman said Lavonia would apply for a Georgia Environmental Finance Authority loan/grant package to pay for the switchover.

After hearing from Fesperman, the city council approved his recommendation unanimously.

There is no word on when the change over to the digital system will take place.

According to Fesperman, the city of Lavonia is focusing on first switching out the water customers in FranklinCounty first to a drive by status meter.

He said that would allow the meter reader to drive by and pick up the information on a computer.