WTR27 Advanced Metering Infrastructure

Project Details:

Project Start Date: 1/1/16

Ongoing Program: N

Submitting Department: Public Works - Water

Contact Person: Marie Asgian

Level of Need: Significant

Estimated Project Completion Date: 12/31/23

Department Priority: 3

Contact Phone Number: 612-673-5682


Project Location:

Address: N/A

City Sector: City-wide

Affected Neighborhoods: City-wide

Affected Wards: All

Project Description:

This project is for the replacement of automated water meter reporting technology. The legacy automated meter reading technology is at the end of its functional life and is due for replacement / upgrade. This Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) project includes hardware, software, and a portion of the residential meter and meter reading replacements in residential homes (with the remainder of the residential placements performed by City crews).

The majority of the water meters replaced in conjunction with this project are funded from WTR12 Water Distribution Improvements. WTR27 Advanced Metering Infrastructure includes the individual hardware remote communication device installed at each customer property (the water meter transmission unit or MTU) as well as the communication network to remotely collect and report the data to the City. This network includes Data Collection Units (DCUs) to receive data from the MTUs.

Purpose and Justification:

The purpose for this project is to replace and upgrade automated water meter reading technology. The benefits of this are twofold: necessary replacement of the automated remote meter reading equipment and enhanced services to City water customers.

The existing automated meter reading system has been in place for over 20 years and is due for replacement / upgrade. Most of the meter reporting devices are at the end of their 20-year battery life expectancy and need to be replaced before they stop reporting. The new Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) system being implemented will provide daily meter reading information instead of monthly without any additional City resource needs. Citywide, the almost 100,0000 residential water meters are also at the end of their functional life. The meter and MTU are being replaced together in the same appointment with resident.

Utility Billing’s customer portal will be expanded so that customers can review their daily use, get tips on wise water use, and watch videos on how to troubleshoot common household water wasters such as leaky toilets. This is in contrast to the once a month snapshot of consumption for billing.

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Project Cost Breakdown

Department Funding Request


Have Grants for this Project been secured?


Describe status and timing details of secured or applied for grants or other non-City funding sources:

All funding for this project is planned to come from water enterprise revenue and bond funds.

Describe any collaborative arrangements with outside project partners, including who they are and what their role is with the project:

None planned.


State Law Chapter 462.356 (Subd. 2) requires review of all capital improvements for compliance with the comprehensive municipal plan. Chapter 13, Section 4 of the City Charter requires Location and Design Review for the purpose of approving the sale of bonds for these projects. Describe how the project is consistent with the adopted City/Park Board comprehensive plans and how the project implements goals and policies as stated in the adopted plans, including specific policy references:

The project complies with The Minneapolis Plan for Sustainable Growth (the City’s comprehensive plan) through the following specific references:

Public Services and Facilities: Through sound management and strategic investments, Minneapolis will maintain and develop public services and facilities that promote health, safety and an enhanced quality of life for all members of this growing community.

Policy 5.4: Enhance the safety, appearance, and effectiveness of the city’s infrastructure.

5.4.1 Maintain and improve the quality and condition of public streets, sidewalks, bridges, water systems, and other public infrastructure.

5.4.2 Plan for and provide public facilities which anticipate growth needs, use fiscal resources efficiently, and meet realistic timelines.

5.4.3 Prioritize capital improvements according to an objective set of criteria consistent with adopted goals and policies, including those of The Minneapolis Plan.

Environment: Minneapolis will promote sustainable design practices in the preservation, development, and maintenance of its natural and built environments, provide equal access to all of the city’s resources and natural amenities, and support the local and regional economy without compromising the needs of future generations.

Policy 6.9: Be a steward of clean water by protecting and enhancing its surface and groundwater systems.

6.9.1 Continue to invest in maintaining excellent water quality for consumption, and ensure delivery of safe drinking water to customers.

6.9.3 Accomplish the guiding principles of the city’s Local Surface Water Management Plan, which are to protect people, property and the environment; maintain and enhance infrastructure; provide cost-effective services in a sustainable manner; meet or surpass regulatory requirements; educate and engage the public and stakeholders, and enhance livability and safety.

6.9.4 Encourage consumer use of the municipal water supply to reduce reliance on bottled water and the waste stream water bottles generate.

6.9.5 Support pollution prevention programs as an important first step in maintaining a healthy physical environment.

6.9.6 Manage pollutants at the source in order to prevent degradation of water bodies.

6.9.7 Preserve and enhance the strategic placement of pervious surfaces within the city to decrease the rate and volume of storm water runoff.

Provide the date that Location and Design Review was conducted for the project, the outcome of that analysis and the date formal action was taken by the Planning Commission:

Reviews with the Planning Commission will be a future task.

Economic Development

Will the project contribute to growth in the city’s tax base?

No impact on existing tax base.

Describe the economic development impact of the project:

Not applicable.

Does the project support redevelopment opportunity that without the project would be infeasible?

Not applicable.


Is the proposed project on an existing or planned transitway, transit route, or high-volume pedestrian corridor? If yes, provide details on how the project will improve the transit and/or pedestrian experience.


Does the proposed project anticipate multi-modal enhancements (sidewalks, bicycle or transit facilities)? Provide details.

Not applicable.

Is the right-of-way constrained and do you anticipate that modes of travel will be competing for space? Provide details, is there potential for innovative design options? Provide details

Not applicable.

Operating Impacts

Operations & Capital Asset Maintenance:

Is this request for new or existing infrastructure? New

What is the expected useful life of the project/Improvement? 20 years

Year that Operating Incr/(Decr) will take effect? N/A

What is the estimated annual operating cost increase or (decrease) for this project? $0

Any Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations? Yes

Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations: $1,500,000

Describe how operating cost increases or decreases were determined and include details such as personnel costs, materials, contracts, energy savings, etc:

Planning for no net change in operating cost.

If new infrastructure, discuss how the department/agency will pay for the increased annual operating costs:

Planning for no net change in operating cost.

For new infrastructure, describe the estimated timing and dollar amount of future capital investment required to realize the full expected useful life of the project:

None anticipated.

Project Coordination

Describe completion status for ongoing projects and how and when the department/agency plans to use the prior year remaining bond authorizations:

This project is phased for research, design, purchase and implementation. In 2016, system requirements and compatibilities were determined and an RFP for hardware and software procurement and installation was issued. In 2017 a Vendor was selected and initial project startup began with integrations for data transfer from to the Utility Billing software and siting of data collectors for full coverage of the City.

In late 2018, installation of DCU’s and meter replacement / MTU installation began. At present, approximately 40% of the 100,000 residential meters and meter reporting devices in the City have been replaced as part of this project and 65 of the 80 DCUs have been installed.

Prior year remaining bond authorizations will be used in 2021 on installations and upgrades.

If this is a new project, describe the major project phases and timing anticipated for completing the project:

Not applicable.

Scalability/Funding Allocation Flexibility – discuss any flexibility to increase or decrease funding among the years in the five-year plan and the most that could be spent in a given year:

There is a limited amount of flexibility to increase or decrease funding per year by scaling the specific project areas. The implementation of this project is managed by geographic sections of the City which could be increased or decreased in the plan for each year. It should be noted that if reduction in funding significantly delayed the project completion, operational costs would increase. Throughout the duration of project implementation, dual meter reporting systems (the old legacy system and the new AMI system) need to be maintained including software and data collection hardware maintenance and support agreements.

Minneapolis Goals and Strategic Direction

Minneapolis is a growing and vibrant world-class city with a flourishing economy and a pristine environment, where all people are safe, healthy and have equitable opportunities for success and happiness.Below is a description of how this project meets each of the City's Goals. Below is a description of how this project meets each of the City's Goals.

Below is a description of how this project meets each of the City's Goals.

Public Safety

Collaborative and community-inclusive strategies to ensure safety for all members of our community:


The City prioritizes equitable access to safe, stable, accessible, and affordable housing to eliminate racial disparities in housing:

Economic Development

The City prioritizes economic inclusion so that all workers and families are supported and People of Color, Indigenous and Immigrant (POCII)-owned businesses in all sectors can thrive.

Public Services

The City prioritizes reliable and equitable access to high-quality public services.

Among the benefits are improved customer service and readily-available consumption data that will promote water conservation. These benefits provide a better overall service to all of our customers.

Environmental Justice:

The City prioritizes sustainable practices and renewable resources to equitably address climate change while restoring and protecting our soil, water and air.

Built Environment & Transportation:

The City prioritizes high quality neighborhoods, streets, infrastructure and equitable access to multimodal transportation in all parts of the City through thoughtful planning and design.

Public Health:

The City Prioritizes positive youth development so that all children can grow healthy and safe:

Arts and Culture:

The City prioritizes arts and culture as important part of inclusive economic development and placemaking in our communities:

Additional Information

Add any additional information you feel is important for the CLIC committee, Mayor, City Council members or the general public to know about this potential project and why it should be approved:

The benefits of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) are operational efficiency, improved customer service, and promotion of water conservation. Also, the higher-resolution customer demand data can be used in the hydraulic model to better understand and manage flow in the water distribution system.