The Le Mars City Council in Iowa recently launched a new water meter replacement project expected to cost $806,495. The project will provide more than 4,000 local water customers with new water meters to better detect leaks and reduce noise associated with the aging meters.
"The current meters in Le Mars have an oscillating piston in them, which leads to the clicking noise," Steve Brush, of the local water provider, told the Daily Sentinel. "The Neptune meters have a nutating disc in the (water) measuring chamber, which provides for noise-free operation."
Similarly, Ontario and Barrie in Canada have implemented new water technology throughout their communities, expecting to save about $1 million annually. The new wireless communications system equips 42,000 residential water meters and 2,500 commercial and industrial water meters with radio transmitters to improve communications and save money.
The goal of the project is to upgrade the water meter system to more accurately calculate water usage and bills. The cities expect to receive a full return on investment within two to three years by reducing third-party water meter reading costs and bills overall.