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Not necessarily. In cases where rates remain consistent, the new meters will simply record consumption more accurately. In some cases, your bill may increase, but only if the current meter is underreporting usage. Presently some residents are paying for the water they are actually using, while other residents are only paying for a fraction of their usage. This condition is not fair to all residents. Discussions have already been held within the Utility Department and the City does not intend to make bills retroactive where under-billing has been noted. The new system will ensure fairness and equality for all the residents and businesses from this point forward.
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Over time, water meters become less accurate and can provide inaccurate readings. By replacing meters, our city will be able to bill more accurately and efficiently for water usage. In addition, the new system will include an automatic meter reading technology that will save labor time, prevent any recording errors, minimize wear and tear on vehicles, minimize the need for the city to go on the private property of residents, and potentially allow leaks to be identified earlier by analysis of data collected.
The work started the week of January 8, 2018. The entire project will take approximately 8 months. In most cases, the transition will be completely transparent and will not affect the residents. The majority of the work will be performed during normal working hours of 8 am to 5 pm, however, for some customers, it may be necessary to do evening hours.
A contractor will come to your residence and replace your meter. The meter will be checked to verify that no water is presently in use. If no water is being used the meter will be replaced. There will be interruption of service for approximately 30 minutes during the change, but after that it will be the same great service (and even better) that you've come to expect.
In most cases, it's a simple procedure that will require about 30 minutes.
We have contracted with Harshaw Trane and Utility Metering Solutions to conduct this service. They will be driving Utility Metering Solutions trucks, wearing bright yellow/green shirts identified by the "Utility Metering Solutions Meter Replacement Team" and carrying appropriate identification.
In most cases, it will not be necessary for anyone to be home. The majority of the work will take place near the street in the meter box. If you have any questions or concerns, contact the utility billing department at 859-238-1200.
In rare instances, the main cut-off valve to your home may be left off. This will occur when the Utility Metering Solutions installation team is not able to pressurize your home following the installation. The normal cause of this condition is when an inside spigot is opened during the installation and subsequently left open. The water is not turned back on to ensure a sink or bath tub does not overflow with the resident not home to turn the water off. In these cases, your water will be left off and a door hanger will be left on your door providing you a point of contact to call to have your water turned back on immediately.
No, your new meter does not require any maintenance by the homeowner. As before, the City will take care of all maintenance. However, please know that this new meter has transmitting technology on it that allows your meter to be read remotely.
The contractor will contact you and schedule a time that will be convenient with your operation that will be least impactful upon your operation.
The City is working with Utility Metering Solutions to answer everyone's questions as thoroughly as possible. We have taken the following steps to answer your questions: