Aging water meters to be replaced in Allentown borough


Councilman Rob Schmitt provided a project update during a recent meeting of the Borough Council, stating that Allentown municipal officials are continuing to work on a project that will eventually see a new water meter installed in 700 homes.

According to Schmitt, the water meter replacement programme has been put in place due to aging equipment.

On average, meter components last 20 years and meter batteries 10 years.

The meter roll out will increase billing accuracy and ensurie customers only pay for what they use.

Schmitt states: “accuracy is paramount. The consumer wants to know his meter is accurate and up to date, and to make sure the borough’s facilities are operating efficiently.”

In December 2017, the council adopted a $2.9 million bond ordinance to fund improvements to Allentown’s water infrastructure.

The New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust will provide the funding, likely at a lower rate than the bank.

The funding will cover the new water meters ($454,850), enhancements to the elevated water tank on the grounds of Allentown High School ($418,000) and improvements to the water treatment plant ($1.6 million), plus engineering, permit and design costs, Schmitt said.

Meter installation will take place between October and December this year and will cause minimal disruption, taking only one hour to install.

Officials recommend that residents check their plumbing to ensure a meter can be easily installed and that everything is in working order.

“We are trying to make this as painless as possible for residents,” Schmitt said. “We are trying to give people as much notice as possible. We are looking forward to that process going forward. It’s time” for new water meters.

The new water meters will employ wireless technology.