- Associated Press - Saturday, December 20, 2014

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Santa Fe officials plan to spend more than $8 million overhauling its water meter reading system.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (https://bit.ly/1CkfsZz) that the city’s Water Division will replace 34,000 water meters as well as install and maintain a new reading system over the next decade.

Officials say the city will replace defective data-transmitting devices that were bought at cost for nearly $5 million in 2004.

They say 13,000 meters that are supposed to allow utility workers to read the devices while in their vehicles with a laptop no longer function.

The city’s complaint against the now bankrupt Texas manufacturer of the devices is still pending.

Meanwhile, the city council approved an $8 million contract earlier this month with Badger Meter Inc.

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