McAllen Public Utility weighs proposal to upgrade water meters

The McAllen Public Utility is reviewing a proposal to switch from mechanical water meters to new meters equipped with ultrasonic or electromagnetic technology.

Under the proposal, the public utility would borrow about $18 million to $22 million for new meters.

The new, more accurate meters would result in higher bills for some customers — and more revenue for the public utility. The new meters would also require fewer employees to maintain, saving the utility money.

Together, the additional revenue and cost savings would cover the debt payments.