Council to roll out new water meters

15 October, 2014Posted in: Roads and Assets

water meters

Wingecarribee Shire Council will start replacing some 2,000 water meters across the Shire starting late Octoberas part of its regular maintenance program.

Under the water meter replacement project some 2,000 of the Shire’s oldest residential and industrial water meters, with the majority located around the Bundanoon and Bowral areas, will be replaced at a cost of $300,000.

Council’s Projects Engineer Pranayan Giri said the water meters would be replaced at no cost to property owners.

“Water meters, like all mechanical devices, wear with age,” he said.  “Some of the water meters being replaced are either nearing or passed their useful life expectancy.”

The water meter replacement program will be carried out by Council’s Water and Sewer Reticulation staff.

If residents are home on the day of the proposed works, Council staff will attempt to contact them prior to replacing the water meter.

During the meter replacement the water will be briefly disconnected (1 to 2 hours duration). Council staff 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 at the rear of the house 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 June 2015.

For further information contact Council’s Water and Sewer Depot on phone 4868 0521.