MAHOPAC, N.Y.-Beginning next spring, home and business owners in Carmel/Mahopac will no longer have to worry about the accuracy of their water bills.

The Town Board took a giant step last week to move the town’s water billing process into the 21st century when it voted to replace the old meters with ones that will use radio frequencies that broadcast the information to a computerized information collection center. There will no longer be a need for meter readers to visit a customer or for property owners to fill out postcards and mail them to town hall. It will also eliminate the need for estimated water bills, ensuring accurate billing every cycle.

At its Dec. 6 meeting, the board approved two resolutions to accept bids totaling nearly $2.5 million to buy and install the meters. The first resolution accepted a bid of $1,746,165 from Schmidt’s Wholesale Inc. in Monticello to purchase the meters. The second resolution approved a bid of $708,725 from the Kearny, N.J.-based National Metering Services to install the devices.

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