New HiTech Water Meters Installment Start By New Year

Photo: You soon will use your smartphone to manage your water consumption in Belmont.

New water meters which will allow consumers to view and manage their water consumption in real time will begin being installed town wide by the New Year, according to the head of the Belmont Department of Public Works.

DPW Director Jay Marcotte told the Belmont Board of Selectmen on Monday night, Nov. 6 the department received at least one “legitimate” bid from four major carriers as of the Friday, Nov. 3 deadline to supply the town with next-generation meters.

The town’s meter consultant, Weston & Sampson, is currently reviewing the submission to determine if the bid meets the department’s qualifications.

The new meters will be connected via Wi-Fi and use a downloadable app; customers can access real-time reports and manage water consumption using their smartphone, said Marcotte. 

After a bid is accepted, the DPW will set out a separate proposal for the installation of the meters. Marcotte said the installation would begin around the first of the year and take between a year and 18 months to complete.

The anticipated cost of the meters and installation is approximately $2.7 million which is paid through retained earnings. 

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  1. wait, what? says

    “New water meters will allow consumers to view and manage their water consumption in real time”. Well, actually, it never crossed my mind that I have a need to view and manage my water consumption. When I need water, I turn it on. When I don’t need it, I turn it off. I have known all my life that I should not waste water. My guess is that this huge boon for us is in fact a huge boon for the town and/or the environmental lobby in town. It is they who might have an interest in scrutinizing our water consumption “in real time”. Maybe before the $2.7 million that we have had absolutely no say about is spent, the town should tell the residents the real reason why they are doing this.

    And $2.7 million, at a time when we desperately need a new police station and public works facility? If the town wants to spend $2.7 on new meters, here is a better idea. Why not equip each house with a meter monitoring use of the outdoor spigots, and bill us separately for water used inside and outside? That way Belmont residents can be freed from the loony system of paying extremely high sewage rates, when the water that they use to water the lawn or wash the car is going nowhere near the sewage system. And OK, if the town wants to obsess about our water usage, make those spigot meters the snoopy kind.

    But let’s have a lot more discussion. The town will have to make a much better explanation than suggesting that we are yearning to view and manage our water usage.

  2. wait, what? says

    “New water meters will allow consumers to view and manage their water consumption in real time”. Well, actually, it never crossed my mind that I have a need to view and manage my water consumption. When I need water, I turn it on. When I don’t need it, I turn it off. I have known all my life that I should not waste water. My guess is that this huge boon for us is in fact a huge boon for the town and/or the environmental lobby in town. It is they who might have an interest in scrutinizing our water consumption “in real time”. Maybe before the $27 million that we have had absolutely no say about is spent, the town should tell the residents the real reason why they are doing this.

    And $27 million, at a time when we desperately need a new police station and public works facility? If the town wants to spend $27 on new meters, here is a better idea. Why not equip each house with a meter monitoring use of the outdoor spigots, and bill us separately for water used inside and outside? That way Belmont residents can be freed from the loony system of paying extremely high sewage rates, when the water that they use to water the lawn or wash the car is going nowhere near the sewage system. And OK, if the town wants to obsess about our water usage, make those spigot meters the snoopy kind.

    But let’s have a lot more discussion. The town will have to make a much better explanation than suggesting that we are yearning to view and manage our water usage.

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