MANTI—Manti is in the process of replacing 1,300 water meters that have to be read manually with meters that transmit water consumption information wirelessly to city computers.
“We’ve been heavily invested in our water-meter project,” Co- rey Hatch, public works director, told the Manti City Council in July. “We’d like to have a big chunk of this done before winter.”
Hatch said his crews had already replaced 100-200 of the meters and hoped to do another 700 this fall. “That’ll get about 70 recent of the town (done),” he said.
That will leave the more difficult cases, he said, where the present meter has to be dug up— or where the water connection to a home, or city lines leading to the water connection, are not up to code.
If the problem is in city lines, the city will fix it. If the problem is the property owner’s responsibility, the city will work with the owner to remedy the situation.
“If lines do not meet code, the city is committed to getting them up to code before replacing the meter,” Hatch said.
The current meters were installed between 1999 and 2003, Hatch said. The new meters will cost roughly $200,000. The city will be using some of its federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to buy the meters.