For Immediate Release
Contact: Cody Sexton, Assistant Town Manager
Water Meter Upgrade and Replacement Program Begins
Vinton, VA – Beginning this month, the Town of Vinton has initiated a comprehensive water meter replacement program that will convert approximately 5,000 meters to an automatic meter infrastructure (AMI) system. The Town has hired contractors Core & Main and Bitter Creek Construction (BCC) for this project as they are experienced in this type of meter conversion. The purpose of this effort is to upgrade the Town’s water distribution system with electronic reading capability and to replace meters that have served beyond their estimated useful lives.
“After a year of planning, we are excited to enter into the installation phase of this project,” said Assistant Town Manager Cody Sexton. “We are increasing both the effectiveness and the efficiency of Vinton’s utility system with this project. Thanks to the hard work of Town staff and our highly professional contractors, the Town’s citizens, businesses, and water customers will benefit from this investment in infrastructure for years to come.”
The new meter system will allow water meters to be read from radio receivers via fixed locations throughout the Town. Replacing old meters will ensure that the Town can more accurately track both individual usage for billing purposes and also monitor and assess community water demands. The meters will have the ability to provide real-time data on water usage in the Town and allow staff to better communicate with customers regarding consumption patterns, possibly catching leaks and other issues sooner rather than later.
Water customers will receive a letter and additional information about the installation process in their August water bills. Contract workers will perform a courtesy “knock-on-the-door” notification at the time of installation and will place a door hanger once the new meter has been installed. The plan is to replace all commercial and residential meters from now through spring 2022.