MONROE, La. (AP) — While the city of Monroe's $6.8 million automated water meter project is roughly 91 percent complete, city officials say they've already seen a better reading of water consumption leading to increase revenue.

Director of Administration David Barnes tells The News-Star water consumption is up in the city of Monroe over last year.

The new meter readings show consumption is up around 10 percent to 15 percent just on the residential meters. Consumption is about 150,000 gallons more a month.

Barns said revenue is up 10 percent to 15 percent.

The additional revenue is around $1 million over last year because of the more accurate readings of water consumption.