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While mowing and trimming lawns for the first time this spring, Abilene residents should be made aware that this past winter the city of Abilene installed new residential and commercial water meters.  

Part of this new equipment is a signal transmitting device that records and sends the meter information.  It is a round black unit about 2-1/2 inches diameter and for most customers is attached to your meter pit lid in the city right-of-way/yard.

Abilene Public Works reported that since installing these, several transmitters have been destroyed by lawn mowers.  The cost to replace these units today is $163.98.

"All water customers need to be aware of the location of their water meter. Damaged transmitters will be charged to the customer. If you employ a lawn service for your mowing, they should be aware of these as well.  Generally, the most effective way to keep the meter pit lids visible is to keep the grass trimmed right around them and keep the grass clippings and leaves off," public works reported.

Any further information please call the Public Works Department at (785) 263-3510.


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