Automatic Meter Reading

What is Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) And How Does it Work?

AMR is a technologically advanced system that allows MCMA to read your meter without having to set foot on your property. Here's how: a MCMA vehicle with a radio transmitter drives past your house and sends out a special radio signal to a meter transceiver unit located on the meter inside your home. This unit then radios back your meter reading to the computer inside our vehicle. The data is stored on a computer diskette and is later transferred to our computer billing system. Periodically our meter reader will be required to obtain a visual reading to verify equipment calibration and function

Where is My Water Meter?

Your meter is located at the point where the service line comes through the foundation. Usually it's either in your home's basement or utility room. If you can't find it, please call our office for assistance.

How to Read Your Meter

Low flow indicator (red star) will move when small amounts of water pass through the meter. It will assist you in detecting leaks.

There are dial wheels with numbers, the first is stationary and always zero. Moving to the left is a space for tens of gallons, then hundreds, thousands, ten thousands, hundred thousands, and then millions.

Check all toilets and faucets!

Leaky toilets and faucets are the biggest cause of wasted water, resulting in large water bills.

The most common source of leaks is the toilet. Check for leaks by placing a few drops of food coloring in the tank, if after 45 minutes the dye shows up in the bowl, the toilet has a leak. Leaky toilets can usually be repaired inexpensively.

Toilets can account for almost 30% of all indoor water use, more than any other fixture or appliance.

Select this link to view a sample bill.
There is a brief explanation of each section on your new bill.

Please contact the office if you have additional questions, 717-248-0165.

Cost Savings

  • No Postal Permit Fees
  • Reduced Postal Certification Fees (CASS to NCOA)
  • No Equipment Maintenance Cost
  • Annual CCR Report Insert - Saves postage on over 10,000 mailings

Most Frequent Request by Customers Honored

  • A RETURN ENVELOPE - now included with your mailing!

Improved Message Block

  • Saves cost of publishing a quarterly newsletter

Recent Customer Comments

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