City to begin meter replacement project May 1

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The City of Cassville plans to begin a $285,000 meter replacement project on May 1. Through the project, a majority of the city's outdated and often failing water meters will be replaced.

"The public works department has been replacing broken and failed meters with the Sensus iPerl technology over the last two years," said Steve Walensky, public works director. "Now with this current funding available, the larger project to replace an upgrade the remaining water meters installed at homes and businesses throughout the city can commence."

On March 25, the Cassville City Council approved two purchase orders for the upcoming project. Funding was included in the city's 2013 budget for the project.

"The meter replacement work will begin on May 1 in the city and progress in a systematic manner over the summer," said Walensky. "The completed project will greatly improve the efficiency and accuracy of water meter reading operations.

"The new water meters feature digital registers, which will provide enhanced information regarding water use and potential leaks," continued Walensky. "This technology change will move Cassville from a manual read to touch read environment and position Cassville to migrate to AMI (Advanced Meter Infrastructure), which is our long range strategic goal."

The new meters, which will cost $210,000, will be purchased from HD Supply Water Works, of St. Louis. RTS Water Solution, of Parkville, will be in charge of installation, which will cost $75,000.

"RTS Water Solutions, who specializes in mass installation of meter replacements, will be switching the meters with support from the Cassville public works department staff," said Walensky. "In some cases, the city will need to gain access to the water meter inside the customer's home or business to replace the old meter with the new meter."

Installation of new water meters will take around 20 minutes to complete. Customers will not be charged for the new meter or work completed during the change-out process.

"The city is pleased to inform customers that the Sensus' new metrology products comply with and exceed requirements set by The Safe Drinking Water Act and NSF/ANSI 61 Annex F and G, which became standard in 2012," said Walensky.

"Changes to the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act are taking effect on Jan. 4, 2014, reducing the amount of lead permissible in water meters from 8 percent to one-quarter of one percent," continued Walensky. "The Sensus iPerl meters are zero-lead composite meters. Water utilities will be acting now to implement zero-lead alternatives that are strong, durable and reliable. The completed meter replacement project will provide significant benefit and enhanced service to Cassville's water customers."

For more information on the water meter replacement project, call 847-4441, extension 16.

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