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Marshfield to install new water, electric meters

Old-style electric meter
Old-style electric meter

MARSHFIELD, Wis (WSAU) If you live in Marshfield, you'll soon be getting new water and electric meters. Marshfield Utilities says it’s switching over to so-called "smart meters" -- where usage data is transmitted directly to their offices. It will cost about $4.5-million to change over. The utility says customers will save money in the long run since meter-readers will no longer be necessary.

The change-over could take up to three years to complete. For now, meters that need to be repaired will be replaced with new models.

The company that makes older mechanical meters says it will no longer provide customer support as of the end of the year, and eventually spare parts will be difficult to come by.