Slow water meters costing Rockford lost revenue


Many Rockford homes have two water meters, one for drinking water and one for landscape irrigation. All will be replaced over a five-year period. Photo by CLIFF HILL

In a proactive move to increase City revenue with accurate water meter readings, the City of Rockford plans to change out all residential and business water meters within the City along with those in areas served by Rockford outside the City limits.

Over time the reading mechanisms of all water meters degrade and slow down and do not accurately record water usage. The result is lost revenue necessary for on-going improvements to, and maintenance of, the City of Rockford’s water distribution system.

Over a 5-year period new state-of-the-art water meters capable of remote reading will replace all current water meters. In doing so, meters can be read from a passing Rockford Public Works vehicle rather than on foot resulting in ongoing cost savings.

The City also proposes a nominal 2-percent water/sewer rate increase, its first in four years and 3 years, respectively.

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