NEW MEXICO-Smart’ meters, old pipes clash downtown

Smart’ meters, old pipes clash downtown

Written by on February 9, 2016

Chip Flores, Jonathan Bacca and Mike Sedillos spent Monday changing out the water meter in front of the Morones and Knuttinen, LLC accounting firm on Bullard Street as part of the town-wide shift to the controversial “smart” water meters.

The installation of some of the new “smart” meters isn’t going as smoothly as the town of Silver City would like, according to Town Manager Alex Brown.

“Because the infrastructure is so old downtown there have been quite a few problems,” Brown said. “I know of at least two leaks caused by the changing of the meters because everything is so old. So it is just taking longer.”

One of the new meters installed Monday was in front of a business and building owned in part by Mayor Mike Morones that is among the first group of addresses to receive the change. Brown said that town staff and contractors have installed around 450 of the “smart” meters since the project began.

Public input at town meetings over the past several months has been often dominated by a group of vocal opponents to the new meters, based on their concerns that range from negative health effects to invasion of privacy by the new technology.

—BENJAMIN FISHER

Chip Flores, Jonathan Bacca and Mike Sedillos spent Monday changing out the water meter in front of the Morones and Knuttinen, LLC accounting firm on Bullard Street as part of the town-wide shift to the controversial “smart” water meters.

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