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Staff Writer

   Grenada is moving forward with a plan to replace its water meters and to streamline its energy use.
   The City Council on Monday voted unanimously to accept a bid from Hemphill Construction to replace all 8,204 meters on the water system and to allow the company to install energy-saving lighting in city buildings.
   The council’s decision now awaits approval by the Mississippi Development Authority, which would ultimately loan Grenada the $3 million to do the work.
   The changes should generate more than $4 million in net savings and increased revenue over 15 years, according to figures County Engineer Robert Willis provided the council.
   The council asked Willis to assist in the process after discussions with Siemens, the company with which the city initially considered doing business, stalled months ago.
   According to Water and Sewer Superintendent Dale Ratliff, the city is  losing money because as many as 1,100 meters register zero usage each month.

   For complete details, read the print edition or subscribe to the online edition of the GrenadaStar.

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