MeterSizer automatically calculates the annual revenue increase or decrease associated with any meter sizing decision. In order to perform financial calculations, utility-specific financial information must be entered, including billing rates, wastewater rates (if based on usage), minimum/fixed charges, meter purchase costs, and meter changeout costs. The software uses industry standard accuracy ranges and accuracy factors for positive displacement, multi-jet, turbine, and compound meters. These default values may easily be edited if desired.
Once the utility-specific financial information has been entered, the user simply imports a downloaded Meter-Master Model 100EL data file or a comma separated value (CSV) file if the data was recorded using other hardware. If desired, a seasonal adjustment may be performed by entering a year of monthly, bimonthly, or quarterly billing records. The user can then view: (a) the projected accounted-for water percentage for each type and size meter option, (b) the annual revenue increase/decrease associated with each alternative meter option as compared to the existing meter, (c) the payback period associated with each alternative meter option, (d) the usage below, within, and above the “normal” flow range for each meter option, and (e) the head (pressure) loss at the maximum recorded flow rate for each meter option.
The nonfinancial calculations can be performed without entering the utility-specific financial information. Operation of the software is very user-friendly and entirely automated. It generates easy to read graphs for all meter options and printed reports which clearly indicate the pros and cons of each meter option.
A free demo version of the software is available. The demo version includes sample financial information and data files so that sample results can be generated and printed.