About 8,000 of Cranberry’s 10,500 water customers are slated to have the water meters in their homes or businesses replaced starting early next year. The swap, which will take place over a two to three year period, will replace mechanical meters installed in 2009 and earlier with more accurate electronic ones capable of being read remotely. A transition to digital metering with remote reading is taking place throughout the country, Public Works Director Jason Dailey told Cranberry’s Board of Supervisors at its July 30 meeting. Pilot studies of different brands and types of meters, in anticipation of an eventual switchover, have been quietly taking place in the Township over the past five years. The Sensus SR2 meters made by a former division of Rockwell International, were selected as the standard for replacement. Water use information in hourly increments will be available to customers through a secure website. To initiate the program, Cranberry’s Board approved contracts with several suppliers for technology components associated with the metering upgrade. Reduced costs from eliminating manual meter reading and improving meter accuracy are estimated to give the replacement project a five-year payback period. For more information, contact Public Works Director Jason Dailey at firstname.lastname@example.org.