Utility Modernization Project

As part of Azusa Light & Water’s (ALW’s) continuing efforts to improve utility services to customers, ALW has embarked on a project to modernize its water and electric utilities. A key part of this undertaking is automation of meter reading. The project, called the Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) project, will use leading-edge technology, remote network management, and online software services to help ALW operate more efficiently and provide enhanced services and benefits to customers.

Among other things, ALW will be able to turn on utility services faster; detect water leaks to help customers avoid high water bills; read electric and water meters more efficiently to control costs, and restore power faster after unplanned outages. The project will also result in near real-time utility usage information being provided online to customers. The AMI project is expected to also have a positive impact on the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing water conservation. In fact, the potential for the project to conserve water resulted in ALW being awarded a $1 million grant from the Bureau of Reclamation.

The AMI project will be implemented in phases over the next 3 years, beginning with a pilot phase in 2018. The bulk of ALW’s water and electric meter replacements would not start until 2019. More information about meter replacements will be provided to customers once mass replacements are scheduled; however, electric meters will only take a few minutes to replace and water meters would take less than 15 minutes.

If you have any questions, please call (626) 812-5116 or email ami-info@ci.azusa.ca.us.