Four meter supply consultants submit bids for project
The second round of bids for water meters and meter reading technology were submitted to the county planning department Monday.
Four meter supply consultants bid on the sale of meters and three types of radio meter reader technologies that will be installed for residents in phase 1A of the water project, which consists of the Sandy Creek Township area.
Envirolink, a Bailey-based company, is engaged in a public-private partnership with the county, which owns the infrastructure. Envirolink will install, operate and maintain the water meters.
The meter brands included Sensus, Hersey, Badger and Neptune.
The county will use radio reading technology that requires a radio device attached to individual water meters, allowing the meters to be read from equipment stationed in a vehicle driving past the meter location.
“The new technology lets us carry a handheld device that reads the meter number from the car,” said Rob Bernard, project manager.
The Raleigh-based technology company Itron makes devices that attach to meters and the software for reading those devices.
When the county first requested bids, it specified that the meter brands supply meters compatible with Itron technology.
The second round removed this condition in order for HD Supply Waterworks to bid on the project with Neptune meters, which do not support Itron technology.
The four meter supply consultants bid on three different types of technology: the Itron radio device attached to meters; the Itron radio device attached to meters with Intron meter reading equipment and software; and a non-Itron radio device attached to meters with equipment and software not made by Itron.
Out of the four meter supply consultants, Carolina Meter and Supply bid the lowest on all three item proposals. The firm uses Badger brand meters. It bid $155,480.75 on the sale of Intron radio devices attached to meters. It bid $167,490.13 on the sale of Itron devices attached to meters with Intron meter reading equipment and software. It bid $158,633.35 on Carolina Meter and Supply’s radio device, equipment and software attached to meters.
As of the Aug. 5 county commissioners meeting, 882 households had signed up for water hookups in phase 1A.
Bernard said the bidding on the three water line construction contracts for the next two phases, 2A and 2B, will open on Sept. 4.
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