Friendswood beginning switch to advanced automated water meters

Friendswood will begin the process of replacing each water meter in the city in January. (Courtesy Pexels)
Friendswood will begin the process of replacing each water meter in the city in January. (Courtesy Pexels)

Friendswood will begin the process of replacing each water meter in the city in January. (Courtesy Pexels)

Friendswood will begin the process of replacing each water meter within its limits in January, according to a city news release.

The new advanced metering infrastructure, or AMI, meters allow Friendswood to automatically and electronically read meters, which are then uploaded to a customer portal that will allow each city customer to view their own data from a secured website daily, according to the news release.


Friendswood is working with Ameresco to replace the meters, and the entire process will take about a year to fully complete, which includes changing each meter and installing infrastructure, such as communication towers, software systems and receiving antennas, said Glenda Faulkner, Friendswood city manager executive assistant, in an email. The city’s contract with Ameresco will cost $9 million, Faulkner confirmed.

Ameresco’s employees will be in an identifiable vehicle, wearing uniforms and safety vests, and will not need to enter residences to replace the meters, the city said in the release.

The process will take less than 30 minutes and requires the water of each home or building to be shut off. Commercial accounts with the city will be scheduled individually, according to the release.
By Andy Yanez

Reporter, Pearland/Friendswood

Andy joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in June 2021 after graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Houston. He started off as the South Houston Metro Reporter where he helped each different edition in the South Houston market before transitioning to the Pearland/Friendswood market in August 2021. Andy covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Andy served as the sports editor of The Cougar, UH's student newspaper, where he covered the university's athletics beat for two years and got to cover the 2021 NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four in Indianapolis.