Pasco County Utilities (PCU) wants to alert residents of the dangers of having a hidden meter box in their yard.
Potable and reclaimed water emergencies can be disastrous when a meter box is hidden from view, according to a PCU newsletter.
The Meter Reading Team of PCU uses Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) technology, which enables the team to gather data regarding usage, while driving past a meter.
If a meter box is covered by landscaping, debris or structures, the AMR signal may be blocked.
Data that is not transferred using AMR requires additional time and cost associated with taking a physical read.
Clearly visible meters make it possible for team members to act quickly, especially if a resident is not home.
PCU offers these tips to remember:
- Check your meter area for visibility.
- Clear a path to the meter that is free of obstructions and overgrown plants.
- Keep pets secured for everyone’s safety.
Access to the meter box on the resident’s property is required at all times by law.
The utility company will replace a meter box or meter box lid for free, if it is broken.
This service is available year-round by placing a request through the Utilities Customer Service Center at bit.ly/MeterBoxRepair.
To learn more about usage data, meter reading, and providing access while securing your property, visit bit.ly/myPCUmeter.
Published March 09, 2022