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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A change is on the way for how your water usage is calculated. It’s an upgrade that Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says is vital for Baltimore.

Tracey Leong has the story.

It’s called the “Baltimeter” and was unveiled Tuesday by the Department of Public Works and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. They begin installations in September, starting with the Mount Vernon and Pimlico neighborhoods.

To be more accurate with how much water you’re using, current water meters will be replaced with automated systems, instantly sending your information to the billing office and eliminating manual read errors.

“For far too long, customers had to deal with meters that required second or even third readings,” Rawlings-Blake said.

With continuous monitoring, leaks can be quickly spotted and fixed. One of the many benefits expressed by the mayor is that this new system will be a more accurate and modern way to calculate your water usage.

“We’re investing in a system that offers greater trust in the water delivery and billing process and we’re investing in future generations of water customers and we’re investing in a better Baltimore,” Rawlings-Blake said.

A welcome change for those affected.

“Having watched people go down my street checking my water meter, I’m sure it will be an improvement over accuracy and efficiency,” said homeowner Thomas McCrackan.

“It’s a good idea. It will make the city collect the right amount of money for the water,” said property manager Stan Meros.

The current meter readers will not lose their jobs. They’ll be retrained for another position in the department.

More than 200,000 meters are expected to be installed in the city by 2016 and another 200,000 in the county by 2017.

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