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January 13, 2010

One of the new digital water meters that is now able to transmit radio signals to a Town of Provost laptop computer instead of using a manual reading. ©Provost News Photo.

Town Upgrades Water Meters for Fast Remote Reading
• River Water Use May be in Provost’s Future
The Town of Provost is switching more water meters from old technology to a new way to read consumption inside homes and businesses in town so that they can be read without walking house to house.

So far an estimated 100 meters have been switched to the new system that uses radio waves to quickly scan how much water was used and send it to a laptop computer operated by town staff making rounds nearby in a vehicle.

There are an estimated total of 900 meters to be changed for the conversion to be complete.

A portion of the meters in a residential area in the north east part of town was completed in October and is being used with the new technology.

It’s expected that the switchover will take a few years because the new devices are expensive.

The first test of the new system took place in December and used for billing. All of the data was received properly except for two units.

The laptop captures the readings from within a block or two of the meter being scanned.

Two town workmen have been recently out converting meters. Keith Heintz and Jerrold Fleck who were at The Provost News office switching devices said that the new system will be able to also detect if there is a leak when the readings compare what a normal flow should be.

Some of the meters being taken out of service are 35 years old or more.

A meter will now be able to be read within five minutes so “It will save us some time” says Heintz.

Complete story in January 13 edition of The Provost News.
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93 Percent Increase in Provost Building Permits Recorded
. . . New Activity Centre Major Factor in Jump
New figures recently tabulated for both the Town of Provost and M.D. Provost No. 52 show the town with a jump in building permits issued in 2009 as compared to 2008. Residential and commercial permits fell in town while in the M.D. of Provost residential building increased while commercial building fell.

• Town of Provost
Total building permits issued by the Town of Provost in 2009 show a value of $14,692,259 which is a 93 percent increase over 2008’s record of $7,613,585.

In 2009, 11 residential building permits issued totalled $352,259 (an 84 percent decrease over 2008).

There were six commercial building permits issued in 2009 worth $1,913,000 (a 49 percent decrease over 2008).

Full story in January 13 edition of The Provost News.
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New Year Baby Arrives
Provost’s first arrival in 2010 was little William Landon Kelts of Consort who was born on Tuesday January 5 at 3:43 p.m. He weighed in at nine pounds and three ounces. Shown is mother Patricia who works in Consort as a family school wellness worker, and father Mark who farms just north of Consort. The parents won a variety of gifts from local merchants and others as shown in last week’s paper. ©Provost News Photo.

Full summary in January 13 edition of The Provost News.
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Street Spokesman
This week we ask: "What’s Fun About Being a Kid?"
. . . and we heard answers from Garett Olson, Sara Heck, Eric Koch and Nicole Olson. Check out the January 13 edition of The Provost News for their answers.
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