New meter readers for Columbia Gas

Columbia Gas of Kentucky will begin using a new meter-reading company later this week in several cities in and around Lexington.

Bermex Inc. replaces TruCheck and will handle meter reading in Lexington, Georgetown, Irvine, Maysville, Winchester and their surrounding communities, the utility said Tuesday. It has been reading meters for Columbia Gas in the Ashland area since 2005.

Bermex workers wear gray uniforms with the company's logo and also carry identification cards. Anyone wishing to verify the identity of a meter reader may call 1-800-432-9345.