The City of Coon Rapids is replacing water meters because the units are at the end of their warranty cycles and they have new technology.
“We’re replacing just short of 3,000 meters this year,” said utilities superintendent Shawn Nelson.
The meter replacement project will focus on residential homes. Originally, the water meters were slated for a 20 year replacement program but many of them, installed in homes around 2010, have failed earlier than expected.
"The battery life was slated for 20 years and we’re getting about 16 or 17 years right now,” said Nelson. “We’re seeing that failure rate and that’s why we thought we’re going to bite this off and get it taken care of sooner than later."
The new meter has an analog interface with moving components which makes the display much easier to read. It relies less on battery power, since the device gets its primary source of power from running water.
“If there's a leak on the property, if there's something that is continuous leaking, for the past 30 days. Also, if there's high usage, there's different key signals that come across from the meter that give us a warning that the resident probably doesn't have any knowledge of, but they will, when we reach out to them,” Nelson said.
Technicians from Ferguson Waterworks in Blaine will help the city change out the majority of the nearly 3,000 water meters this year. And over the course of the next four years, the utilities department plans to change out about 15,000 water meters in residential homes.
If your home is due for a water meter change out, you will receive a letter in the mail from the city.