Wingecarribee Shire Council will start replacing some 1,600 water meters across the Shire this March as part of its regular maintenance program.
Under the water meter replacement project, some 1,600 of the Shire’s oldest residential and industrial water meters will be replaced at a cost of $300,000.
Council’s Projects Engineer Pranayan Giri said the water meters would be replaced free of charge for property owners.
“Water meters, like all mechanical devices, wear with age,” he said. “Some of the water meters we will be replacing are either nearing or passed their useful life.”
The water meter replacement program will be carried out by Council’s licensed plumbing contractors, Jordans NSW, Schafer and Sons Pty Ltd and B & J Armstrong Plumbing who will all carry appropriate identification.
Residents will be notified in advance of any works. 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 discolored on reconnection, Council recommends running the back tap 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 late June 2013.
For further information contact Council’s Projects Engineer on phone 4872 5003 or 4872 5004.