According to city officials something may be wrong with Bloomington water meters.
On Monday, the Bloomington City Council came together to discuss the future of the water system and how a simple replacement could be the answer.
“Some are just aged and they have started to slow down over time,” said Bob Yehl, Director of Water in Bloomington. “Some are out of date and we are not able to collect the data from those meters remotely. It creates more time and effort for the staff where we could be more efficient,” he says. “Also, it allows us to gather more data in more frequent times and we can provide that back to our customers so they can be educated about their use.”
The Water Department asked the council for $900,000 to complete their program for the fiscal year and switch out the old meters. Yehl went on to say that some of the meters have some lead in them which could be potentially harmful to citizens safety.
The council unanimously voted to approve the money.
Yehl says the new meters should be in place within the next year and a half.