The City Council got an update this afternoon on the water department's progress on automating the city's water meters. Water Director Don Greeley said about a quarter of the city's 82,000 residential customers have had the high-tech meeters -- which eliminate the need for meter readers walking house to house -- and asked for up to $5.1 million to install another 20,500.
Council members appeared inclined vote approval at their next regular meeting, Feb. 7, but Councilman Eugene Brown had one last question about the meters as Greeley held one up for all to see:
"It's not made in China, is it?"
"No," Greeley replied. "Alabama."