Wingecarribee Shire Council will start replacing some 2,500 water meters in Mittagong and Bowral this month as part of its regular maintenance program.
Under the water meter replacement project some 2,500 of the two towns oldest residential water meters will be replaced at a cost of $350,000.
Council’s Project and Planning Engineer Pranayan Giri said the water meters would be replaced free of charge.
“Water meters, like all mechanical devices, wear with age,” he said. “Some of the water meters we will be replacing are nearing the end of their life cycle.”
The water meter replacement program will be carried out by Council’s licensed plumbing contractors, Select Solutions Group Pty Ltd, who will wear appropriate identification.
If residents are home on the day of the works, the plumber will attempt to contact them prior to replacing the water meter.
During the meter replacement the water will be briefly disconnected. Contractors will advise residents at home to not use any water appliances during this time and to ensure all taps are turned off.
Once water supply is returned, it is recommended a cold water tap is slowly turned on to allow any trapped air to escape. If the water is discoloured on reconnection, Council recommends running the tap nearest to the water meter at full flow until cleared.
“This program is part of Council’s commitment to ensuring we continue to provide a safe, reliable and continuous water supply to the residents of the Shire,” Mr Giri said.
The water meter replacement program is expected to be completed by early July 2012.
For further information contact Council’s Water and Sewer Depot on phone 4872 5001 or 4872 5002.