What you need to know: New water meters

Photo: Jeremy Moyer/For the AnchorPhoto: Jeremy Moyer/For the Anchor

KEYPORT — Borough contractors began installing new water meters throughout town this week. The upgrade will take about six weeks.

Most of the meters in the borough are 30 years old. The upgrade will cost $1.5 million, which was fianced through a U.S. Department of Agriculture loan.

The meters will broadcast usage directly to the borough water company for accurate minute-to-minute reads, and eliminates the need for a meter reader.

One feature of the system is that it can detect leaks by monitoring for continuous water usage over a period of time. The system notifies the borough water company in that event, and a borough official would reach out to the building owner.

What you need to know:

  • First, check out this slideshow presentation on the contractors and what their uniforms, IDs and trucks will look like by clicking here.
  • Residents will receive a door hanger on the front door with instructions to set up an appointment to have their meters changed out.
  • Scheduling an appointment can be done by calling the borough’s installer, Saks Metering, at 609-318-8111 or visiting their website:  saksmetering.com and clicking on “Make an Appointment.”
  • Appointments are available Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • The installation will take less than an hour and will be  performed by Saks Metering employees.
  • Water will need to be turned off for at least 20 minutes.
  • For more information, residents can contact Saks at 609-318-8111 or the Stephen Gallo, the borough administrator, at 732-739-5122.