CLEVELAND, N.C., Nov. 16, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The City of Greenville, Miss., has selected Mueller Systems, a leading provider of innovative water infrastructure products and services and technologically advanced metering systems for water, electric and gas systems, to upgrade its water system with a state-of-the-art advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) network and new water smart meters. Mueller Systems is a subsidiary of Mueller Water Products, Inc. (NYSE:MWA), a leading North American provider of water infrastructure products and services, and offers a full line of residential, fire line and commercial meters, AMI and automatic meter reading (AMR) systems and related products that optimize the delivery and use of water and energy.
Mueller Systems will provide The City of Greenville with The Mi.Net™ Mueller Infrastructure Network for Utilities—an advanced two-way AMI network—as well as Mueller Systems’ Hersey® water meters for approximately 13,500 service connections. The municipal-owned utility that provides water services to more than 36,000 people throughout Greenville is scheduled to begin installing The Mi.Net System and water meters in November 2011.
“The City of Greenville is always looking for new ways to strengthen its water system, especially when it comes to improving conservation, customer service and operational efficiency,” said Lorenzo Anderson, City Engineer for The City of Greenville. “Upgrading our service connections with smart meters and linking them together with The Mi.Net System will help us to better meet each of these objectives by reducing water loss, helping our customers to better understand their water usage behavior and how their water consumption affects their bills, and reducing operational costs.”
The Mi.Net System enables utilities to improve operational efficiencies and customer service by fully automating the meter reading-to-billing process and linking meters, distribution sites and control devices in a single data network. Benefits provided by the Mi.Net System include on-demand meter readings, e-mail alerts and alarms based upon near real-time information as well as the ability for utilities to better manage their water and electric resources through on-going access to custom data and information. A recent enhancement to The Mi.Net System is Mi.Data™—a web-based portal that enables municipalities to strengthen relationships with consumers by providing a consolidated view of water and electricity usage online.
“We are proud to announce our partnership with The City of Greenville, a forward-thinking municipality that understands the value of smart meters and AMI as a way to enhance its water infrastructure and better serve its customers,” said Hassan Ali, vice president and general manager of Mueller Systems. “The Mi.Net System will provide the city with an advanced network that can help it to better conserve water and meet the needs of its customers while streamlining operations.”
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About Mueller Systems
Mueller Systems offers a full line of residential, fire line and commercial meters, AMR / AMI systems and related products. Mueller Systems provides Smart Metering solutions to optimize the delivery and use of water and energy. Municipalities that supply water, electricity or gas—or any combination of the three services—need innovative ways to increase efficiencies, reduce costs, conserve water and energy, and improve customer service. The Mi.Net™ Mueller Infrastructure Network for Utilities from Mueller Systems meets that need. For more information about Mueller Systems, please visit the Company’s website at www.muellersystems.com.
About Mueller Water Products, Inc.
Mueller Water Products, Inc. is headquartered in Atlanta, GA and manufactures and markets products and services that are used in the transmission, distribution and measurement of safe, clean drinking water and in water treatment facilities. Our broad product portfolio includes engineered valves, fire hydrants, pipe fittings, water meters and ductile iron pipe, which are used by municipalities, as well as the residential and non-residential construction industries. Net sales for the year ended September 30, 2011 were $1.3 billion and total employees were approximately 4,800 at September 30, 2011. The Company operates primarily through three segments: Mueller Co., U.S. Pipe and Anvil. The Company’s common stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol MWA. For more information about Mueller Water Products, Inc., please visit our website at www.muellerwaterproducts.com.
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