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Job Spotlight: Meter Reader

Metropolitan Utilities District

Walking six to eight miles a day, five days a week, reading 400,000 gas and water meters a month, encountering animals and enduring hot, cold, dry, and wet weather all year round - whose job is that?  This physically-demanding job is a meter reader.  We have four mobile readers, three Encode, Receive, Transmit (ERT) variance readers and 21 walking meter readers who cover our entire service area.

There is more to the job than just reading your meter. The ERT variance readers are required to check your meters for safety.  The Fire Marshal requires the District to inspect the safety and working order of each meter throughout the city.  Our employees check to see that all meters are clear of blockages, not leaking, and that there are no variances between the outside read and the inside meter read. It takes three years for the Meter Reading Division to check every meter and then they start all over again.

Two of the meter readers said the most rewarding part of their job is the customers.  Readers see the same customers every month and they build a relationship with some of them.  Customers share their stories, their losses, and many other life events with them. Some even bake cookies for the meter readers!

To help us better serve you, on the day your meter is scheduled to be read, please secure dogs away from your meter. Place their food and water away from the meter, too. Also, please remember to keep shrubs and bushes trimmed and away from gas and water meters. When planting, make sure meters are not covered with foliage and are accessible to our meter readers, especially when meters are in back yards and behind gates.

As another safety precaution, we want to remind you to always ask for I.D. and make sure the meter reader is wearing a M.U.D. uniform.  If you’re not home when the meter reader stops by, you can always call 402.504.6666 to make an appointment for an evening or Saturday meter read.

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