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Technological advances are helping the world become a better place. The city of Sweetwater is replacing over 4,500 water meters and will replace them with their new smart water meters. These new devices will be in every home and business in Sweetwater.

“Well I think it's good if it's going to be accurate,” said Maria Castro- a Hairdresser from Sweetwater.

“That would be great cause even though we don’t use a lot of water we still pay the same amount every month,” said Pamela Toland, a cashier of gold and crisp fried chicken.

For some people, they may question why their water bill is so high or even if their water meter is accurate. For the residents in Sweetwater, this will soon be a thing of the past with their new smart water meter. We spoke with an employee of Nail Elegance about her thoughts on this matter.

“I don't want to be overcharged for extra water that if you’re not using– now if you’re using it then great but, I think it's a great idea,” said Castro.

Indeed many residents do think it's a great idea. However, others have some worries. Pamela Toland a fast food employee, expressed her worries about the new meters.

“I guess I'm worried that in case there is an electrical or a virus or something that might mess it up. I'm hoping it doesn't but I think it will be better,” said Toland.

The updated meters are different from the old ones. According to the city officials, with these new water meters, customers will be able to view their hourly water data and get alerts for leaks. The total cost of the project is going to be $2,044,474.10, funded through ARPA grant funds and City of Sweetwater savings. As for the residents of Sweetwater, they are looking forward to this new feature.

“The city of Sweetwater just keep doing a great job,” said the hairdresser.

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