Posted: Wednesday, November 7th 2012 at 11:33am
Demorest replacing 5,000 water meters beginning Nov. 26
By Rob Moore Editor
Demorest water customers soon will be getting new meters. The 5,000-meter replacement will begin Nov. 26 and could last up to six months. (Photo/Rob Moore)
DEMOREST – Some 5,000 Demorest water customers will be getting a letter in the mail alerting them that their water meters will be replaced soon.
At Tuesday night’s Demorest City Council meeting, City Engineer Ben Turnipseed told the council the replacement project will begin Nov. 26 and it could take the contractor up to six months to replace the meters. The letter will identify the contractor that will be doing the work.
The city is switching to radio-read meters from Master Meter Systems. Those sealed meters transmit data every 11 seconds for 20 years, storing readings hourly. Each meter will maintain 4,000 stored readings (166 days), say officials of Consolidated Pipe & Supply Company Inc., distributor for the meters. The stored readings will allow city officials to look at usage when a water customer expresses concern over a higher-than-normal water bill.
Also on Tuesday night, the council approved charging Demorest water customers who live outside the city a hydrant fee of $2.50 per month, effective Dec. 1. That’s up from the current monthly fee of $1.
“Those hydrants out there belong to us,” said Mayor Malcolm Hunnicutt, noting the hydrants were put in the when the city ran water lines out into the county, and were paid for by the city.
A third water-related issue from Tuesday night’s meeting was the council setting a bid opening for water system improvements/water line replacement on Dec. 18, to coincide with the council’s rescheduled December work session.
The council’s January meeting, which would fall on Jan. 1, was rescheduled to Jan. 8.
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