Advanced Meter Infrastructure

The City of Topeka Utilities Department is currently in the process installing an Advanced Meter Infrastructure (AMI) system. This system provides the Utilities Department with the ability to read all 57,000 water meters in Topeka by radio, using 31 radio receiving locations. The AMI system will also provide the Utilities Department with more frequent and reliable information to better serve our Utility customers.
When selecting locations for the 31 radio receiving locations, many existing buildings and structures were considered. 27 locations have been selected and approved including several City of Topeka facilities, local schools and community centers. These locations allow for 80% of the meters to be read. The gaps in our coverage were due to not having existing buildings or structures to utilize. To resolve this issue 4 locations have been selected to house a 60 foot tall steel pole. The pole will have an electronics cabinet and electrical service. The 4 locations are 515 SW Horne Street, 4813 SW 17th St, 2350 SW Pepperwood and 1650 NW Fredith Lane. These will be installed in the public right of way along the street. Each location was reviewed in order to minimize the impact on the neighboring homes and businesses. There should not be any direct negative impact to the areas surrounding the 4 locations. However this new system will provide more beneficial data such as more accurate readings, leak detection and high water usage. The installation will start in June with the poles being fully functional in July.
If you have any questions regarding this project please call:
Ryan Woolaway
City of Topeka