The Hi-Desert Water District will begin a pilot program of high-tech meter readers in the Western Hills area of Yucca Valley. About 160 meters in the area south of Buena Vista Drive, between Old Woman Springs Road and Warren Vista Avenue were due for replacement. The meters can take readings and record the data on an hourly basis, resulting in early leak detection, as well as a reduction in man hours. If the pilot program is successful, it will be expanded. For more information, call the water district at 760-228-6267.