How does the radio read device work?

The meters transmit a radio signal containing a meter number and a meter reading that can be picked up by a radio receiver in the City’s vehicle. The meter reading from that transmission is used to generate the utility bill. The transmission lasts for 7 milliseconds (07 of one second) and occurs once every 14 seconds, using less than 100 milliwatts of power. This regular transmission allows the City to capture readings as it drives by and on-demand should a special reading be needed. In other words, the meters transmit about 45 seconds a day from a single "D" cell battery.

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1. Where is my water meter located?
2. What does my meter look like?
3. How does the radio read device work?
4. What if there is a leak at the meter?
5. Is it ok to cover up the meter?
6. Is there any special care or maintenance that I need to do to my meter?
7. How accurate are the readings from the radio transmitter?
8. How often will you read my meter?
9. What if I need a meter reading between regular readings?
10. What if I disagree with the reading?
11. How secure is the data/information that is transmitted?
12. Is there anything hazardous inside the equipment?
13. Will the radio transmitter interfere with my television, cordless phone, or pacemaker?
14. Does this system use a land phone line to monitor and transmit the reading?
15. Is this system monitoring how many people are in my house?
16. Are there any health hazards associated with this kind of technology?
17. Where can I find out more information on the water meters?