WiFi Nightmare Continues: July 2010
July 6, 2010, 6:57 PM
Filed under: WiFi

July 6, 2010

When the alleys flood, as they did yesterday in the heavy rain, not only do trash or recycling cans upend, but now some of the new wifi-ready water meter lids pop up or float away — a more serious problem.

As we have reported previously, the citywide wifi project is  greatly troubled, with none of its components working yet. By November 2009, we were supposed to have had all water meters and parking meters read by wifi, all police laptops operating with wifi, and all Hollywood residents with free wifi internet access. This shift to wifi was said to save the city millions of dollars.

In order to bring the water meters onto the wifi network, the old cement meter box covers were to be replaced with new lids. It appears that some of the new lids have been retrofitted to avoid the problem illustrated above, others obviously have not been. Households lucky enough to still have the old cement lids experienced no floating lid problem when their alleys flooded yesterday.

Short answer here: something needs to be done to secure water meter lids in alleys prone to flooding.

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