Wichita Falls Meter reader Tyler Platt is out five days a week reading your meter and helping the city monitor how much water you are using. His day begins at 6:30 a.m. when Platt and other meter readers hit the streets on their assigned routes.
"I am reading meters down Happy Hollow Road, Mill Valley, Tameron, all around this area over here," said Platt.
He reads meters five days a week, regardless of the weather. Platt uses a key to lift the meter lid, then he pulls back the register flap, scrapes away any dirt or grime and reads the numbers. He then punches those numbers into a small device that helps him keep track of the meters he's reading. In one day Platt and other meter readers like him can walk as much as fifteen miles as they complete their assigned routes.
"It's a little bit of a workout, definitely good for the cardio," said Platt.
There are some circumstances that do prevent Platt from reading meters. For example, if there is anything blocking a meter or if a meter cannot be located. When that happens Platt calls one of his service workers to help him find another way to locate, access and read the meter. Platt said that they have even used metal detectors to locate a meter that might be covered by growth or dirt.
If there is a mistake made during a meter reading, Platt said that service workers are available to come back to the site to locate the meter and re-read it.