The City of Richfield reads all of their water meters electronically via a radio read system. As of January 2020, the City has a mix of Sensus "I-Perl" & Neptune "E-Coder R900i" water meters that collect meter reading data. They then transmit the data for collection to the drive-by mobile unit, the mobile unit stores the data until it is downloaded into the utility billing system for processing. As part of the Water Meter Replacement Project, the City will be phasing out the Neptune meters and all users will have a Sensus meter by Fall 2021.
The radio units run on batteries that will eventually need to be changed out. When an issue arises the City will need to gain access to your home to repair/replace the meter. Employees will leave door hangers stating why they need to get inside and request a phone call back to set up an appointment.