Ann Arbor to begin replacing water meters in homes, businesses in 2020

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ANN ARBOR – The city of Ann Arbor will begin installing upgraded water meters in homes and businesses starting in January.

The two-year project plans to replace 26,500 dated meters with newer equipment that features longer battery life and the latest metering technology.

The city has contracted Utility Metering Solutions to carry out the upgrades, whose staff have all undergone background checks, will drive marked vehicles and carry identification.

Property owners and occupants will receive scheduling instructions and project details by mail.

In addition to upgrading water meters, the city will checking drinking water.

“The city will be conducting inspections to verify drinking water service line material, to comply with Michigan’s new Lead and Copper Rule, as well as examinations of cross-connection/backflow prevention devices that help protect drinking water,” according to the city’s website.

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Here’s how the project will work, according to a press release:

  • The city will be sectioned into several upgrade regions.
  • A survey to gather information on potential cross connections prior to installation.
  • An examination of drinking water service line material at the time of upgrade.
  • The installation and inspection process will be completed in approximately 30–60 minutes, with interruptions to water service lasting no more than 15–20 minutes.

For more information and to see a video outlining the work, visit www.a2gov.org/meterupgrade.

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