NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - About 1,000 of the original 13,000 water meters are receiving new parts. "We put a new register on, reprogram the register for that address and account number. Simple project. Takes five minutes," Mitch Hasler, the project manager said.
Targeted homes are those with meters showing no water usage at all. A red flag for sure. "It was discovered they had some problems with some meters in some other communities and as a precaution they wanted to test those meters that we have zero readings," Jim Jeffers, city manager explained.
With the change out at 20% complete, the report is so far, so good. "It's more of a quality control. I haven't noticed any defect of any kind," Hasler said.
Should a faulty meter be discovered,the city says it will absorb the cost. No customer will be asked to pay for unmonitored usage.
Most of the targeted meters monitor irrigation systems, something few homeowners have needed this year. "I've had it shut off for several months because we've had so much rain and snow and precipitation, so I don't need to use it. I just turn it off completely," Karla DeLuca, a homeowner said.
When sprinklers are running, homeowners pay dearly. Sometimes, hundreds of dollars a month. This is money, if not collected, will be missed from city budgets. Understandably, Nacogdoches wants to make sure the meters are working properly.
"One of the beauties of this new system is we're able to show residents an hour by hour report on how much water they actually use," Jeffers said. Which helps in pin pointing leaks, the primary cause of water wastage.