Monday, January 14, 2013

Saving Water...Saving Money

During the January 8th Council Meeting the Council approved a resolution authorizing the city to apply for a $1.5m federal water efficiency grant to help pay for the installation of new Automatic Meter Infrastructure (AMI) water meters.

The new meters directly transmit information to the city water department.  This allows the city and residents to determine if there is a broken water pipe or other water leak for example.  Not only does this technology help prevent water damage and waste, but also saves the city the expense of periodic trips to each physical location to read a meter.

Provo city has paid for and installed 2,700 meters to date. The grant would provide federal funds over the next three years to cover the purchase and installation costs of the approximately 17,000 more meters needed to cover the entire city.

Council Member Rick Healey who has one of the new meters installed on his property noted that he received a discount on his home owner’s insurance because he had a mechanism that would indicate if he had a water leak that could lead to potential water damage.

The City will now move forward with the grant application and will await notice on approval or disapproval. 

You can view the council discussion on this issue at the following link: Council Water Efficiency Grant Discussion.

To learn more about the meter technology visit the following link: Automatic Meter Readers.

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