By Joshua Maloni
Starting Monday, Jan. 14, the Village of Lewiston Department of Public Works will begin replacing water meter heads. Residents are asked to call the clerk’s office at 754-8271 to make an appointment. There is no fee for this service, which should only take about 10 minutes.
“The new meter heads are going to be able to tell us more information about leaks in the household,” DPW Superintendent Terry Brolinski said. This will allow his department to “keep better track with everything that we have going with the water system.”
Additionally, the DPW will be able to use a cellular network for drive-by readings, instead of workers getting out of a vehicle and stopping at each residence. A full gamut of meter information will be available to the DPW via a new software program.
Moreover, “This is a 20-year battery,” Brolinski said. The meter heads set to be replaced were expected to have a 10-year battery, but the DPW got five additional years from the product. “We’re hoping for 25 out of these. There’s no maintenance.”
In all, more than 1,100 meter heads need to be replaced. Brolinski said he’s hopeful residents will call in the near future to schedule a service time, so this project can be completed within a couple of months.
DPW inspections of current water meters found the bases working sufficiently, and not in need of replacement at this time.
The Village of Lewiston is working with Lockport’s Lock City Supply Inc., the Badger Meter distributor for the Western New York area.