ABILENE, Texas — The City of Abilene's water meter replacement project is "on-pace," according to Water Utilities Public Information Officer Amanda Pope.
Back in 2016, Abilene residents complained to KTXS about inaccurate and expensive water bills. Back then, City Manager Robert Hanna called the "smart" water meter replacement project an "intelligent expense."
The $18 million project began in September and is being funded through a loan from the Texas Water Development Board.
Pedal Valves Inc. was awarded the replacement contract. They have replaced about 7,200 meters so far.
During the 18-24 month long project, the City of Abilene said 43,000 meters will be replaced with "smart" meters.
When Abilene residents see a white flyer with the City of Abilene logo hanging from their door, PVI expects to replace a meter within one weeks time.
"If the meter does have to be changed, the water could be shut off for 15 to 30 minutes," Pope said. "So that's just an indicator if we need to schedule something specifically, we can do that."
The meter in Elysha Trego's front lawn was replaced on Monday afternoon.
"I hope it works," Trego said. "I hope it helps our bill."
The new meters will eventually allow residents to track their water usage on a day-to-day basis. However, that online tool is still being tested for accuracy.
"Once we get that up and running, they'll be able to go in and see their water usage in real time," Pope said.
There is no timetable as to when the online water-usage-tracker will be live.
By AJ Gersh
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