Radio Reading Water Meters

The new water meters in the City of Poughkeepsie are Sensus iPERL water meters.  These are radio frequency meters not electric smart meters.

The City of Poughkeepsie has invested in these meters to insure that all water consumers in the City are billed equitably.  The majority of meters the City of Poughkeepsie is replacing are over 30 years old.  The equipment needed to extract the data required for billing is no longer available.

The meters themselves are passive and do not produce any radio energy of any kind.  The meters meet the strict standards of the National Science Foundation, which is the national reference agency for plumbing fittings and pipes to ensure drinking water safety.  The meters also meet American Water Works Association standards for accuracy.  These two agencies produce the standards for which all water meters in the U.S. must meet.

The reading information from the meter is sent to the meter radio by wire, not by radio waves.  Although the water meter is typically in the basement of a structure, the water meter radio is typically mounted on the outside of the structure. The meters and radios are battery operated.

  • The meter radios are FCC approved.  The radios are being used in accordance with FCC standards.
  • Other than water meter readings, no personal data is gathered or transmitted from the radios.   For instance, names and addresses are NOT transmitted.
  • The radios ONLY communicate with the base station and do NOT retransmit data to or from other radios.
  • The radios only transmit five (5) times per day, for less than one second at a time (this represents a tiny percentage of the radio energy found in a typical home environment).
  • Radio Frequency is virtually all around us in our modern environment, including cell phone, car remote control, TV remote control, microwave oven, FM radio, Wi-Fi, etc…  

”From all the evidence accumulated so far, no adverse short or long term health effects have been shown to occur from the RF signals produced by base stations” (World Health Organization)

“Considering the very low exposure levels and research results collected to date, there is no convincing scientific evidence that the weak RF signals from base stations and wireless network can cause adverse health effects” (World Health Organization)

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