COLLEGE PLACE, Washington – With most of the water meters in College Place reaching 50 years in age, City Administrator Mike Rizzitiello says the city is looking to upgrade the meters in 2019.
According to Rizzitiello, the 2019 budget seeks to replace water meters citywide with radio-read water meters. Radio-read meters use technology to automatically send consumption, diagnostic and status data to a central database for billing, troubleshooting and analyzing. The technology is currently being used in Walla Walla.
The new radio-read meters provide efficiency and free up the city’s public works staff from having to manually read meters so that they can spend more time on maintenance projects within the city.
If the city council approves the project, it would cost close to $1.2 million to have a contractor install the meters which would probably take about nine months to complete. The money would come from the 2017 water bond measure.