Located in rural Kentucky, the small town of Wingo may seem like an unlikely candidate to become the first city in the state to employ a complete Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) system. However, when it came time to upgrade its meter reading system, the city wanted a comprehensive water utility solution and chose the ORION Fixed Network (SE) system from Badger Meter.
Nestled in the southwestern corner of the state, Wingo Water & Sewer is comprised of three people–its long-standing Mayor and water utility operator/superintendent, Charles Shelby, the police chief and one licensed water operator. Up until the summer of 2013, the city had been using the Recordall® Disc Series meters with a manual read operation for many years. This system required Mayor Shelby along with the city clerk, Cassa Gossum, to manually collect reads from the city’s 325 services each month. Over time, this method proved to be increasingly difficult and time consuming given the town’s limited resources, rural location and weather extremes.