CLEVELAND, N.C., Aug. 29, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Town of La Plata, Md. will upgrade its water system with Mueller Systems' state-of-the-art advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) network and remote disconnect meters (RDM). Mueller Systems is a leading provider of innovative water infrastructure products and services and technologically advanced metering systems for water, electric and gas systems. Mueller Systems will provide La Plata with the Mi.Net® Mueller Infrastructure Network for Utilities—an advanced two-way AMI network that will link all water meters located throughout the town's service area. 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. La Plata will also replace approximately 50 percent of its water meters with the 420 RDM—Mueller Systems' fully integrated remote disconnect meter. The 420 RDM enables utilities to remotely connect and disconnect water services through the Mi.Net System or from the safety of a vehicle to help improve employee safety and customer service, while increasing operational efficiency and cost savings. "The Mi.Net System will help improve our water distribution network by increasing operational efficiency and reducing water loss while also providing our customers the ability to securely access real time, reliable, water consumption data through the internet," said Bobby Stahl, Director of Operations, Town of La Plata. "The 420 RDM will also expand our capabilities through the system by allowing us to reduce the time and labor costs associated with connecting service in the event of a customer move in or move out, which are common occurrences in parts of our service area considering La Plata's close proximity to a large business district." "La Plata is committed to improving customer service and more accurately accounting for water that is distributed through its system," said Hassan Ali, Vice President and General Manager of Mueller Systems. "Implementing an advanced AMI system will help it to efficiently achieve these goals. It should also demonstrate how effective remote disconnect meters can be in enhancing customer service and reducing labor costs as part of a fully functioning two-way fixed network system."
The Mi.Net System provides 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. The Mi.Net System features 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.Mueller Systems is a subsidiary of Mueller Water Products, Inc. (NYSE:MWA), a leading North American manufacturer and marketer of products and services that are used in the transmission, distribution and measurement of water, 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. Forward-Looking Information This press release contains certain statements that may be deemed "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements that address activities, events or developments that we intend, expect, plan, project, believe or anticipate will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on certain assumptions and assessments made by us in light of our experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments. Actual results and the timing of events may differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements due to a number of factors, including regional, national or global political, economic, business, competitive, market and regulatory conditions and the other factors that are described in the section entitled "RISK FACTORS" in Item 1A of our most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K. Undue reliance should not be placed on any forward-looking statements. We do not have any intention or obligation to update forward-looking statements except as required by law.
About Mueller SystemsMueller 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 www.muellersystems.com. About Mueller Water Products, Inc. Mueller Water Products, Inc. (NYSE:MWA) is a leading manufacturer and marketer of products and services used in the transmission, distribution and measurement of water. Our broad product portfolio includes engineered valves, fire hydrants, metering products and systems, leak detection and pipe condition assessment. We help municipalities increase operational efficiencies, improve customer service and prioritize capital spending, demonstrating why Mueller Water Products is Where Intelligence Meets Infrastructure™. The piping component systems produced by Anvil help build connections that last in commercial, industrial and oil & gas applications. Visit us at www.muellerwaterproducts.com.
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