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  • Herkimer may update water meters

  • The Herkimer village water and sewer department is looking into the possibility of updating its water meters.

    Representatives of Ti-Sales Inc., Water and Wastewater Supplies, of Sudbury, Mass., gave a presentation to the village board during a meeting Monday evening.

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  • The Herkimer village water and sewer department is looking into the possibility of updating its water meters.
    Representatives of Ti-Sales Inc., Water and Wastewater Supplies, of Sudbury, Mass., gave a presentation to the village board during a meeting Monday evening.
    “We’re seeing what would be involved to have a wireless remote system for our meters,” said Scott Blais, village water and sewer superintendent, in a telephone interview Tuesday. “If we changed all the meters with different heads, we would have to have someone going door-to-door to read meters. We could do it with a drive-by. It would save on manpower and time and you wouldn’t have to worry about human error.”
    Blais explained that meters that have been replaced in the past couple of years have housing that is capable of using the remote heads. “We’d be able to swap out the heads with remote ones without having to buy the entire unit,” he said.
    No decision was made at Monday’s board meeting. Blais said his department is working on seeing what is available and getting pricing for a large or smaller quantity of meters.
    Many of the current meters are 20 to 25 years old, he said and meters tend to slow down over time. The new meters would give an accurate reading, he said.
    In other business, the village board awarded the contract for a new grit collector for the wastewater treatment plant to E & I Corporation, of Westerville, Ohio. E & I Corporation submitted a bid of $59,800. Village employees will do the work of rebuilding the grit collector, which removes sand, gravel, sediment and organics from the system before the water goes into the treatment plant, according to Blais.
    Now that the contract has been awarded, an order will be placed. Blais estimated that it could take 10 to 12 weeks before the order arrives and the work would take about two weeks.
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