Work Starts to Replace Water Meters

Conference attendees visit around a table. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Work has started to replace 9,800 water meters in the city of Sheridan and the Sheridan Area Water System, which is also known as SAWS.

Bill Tartaglia, who's senior project manager for Mueller Systems, said the first water meters were replaced Tuesday.

Tartaglia spoke with Sheridan Media during an informational meeting Wednesday night at Big Horn High School. There were no formal presentations during the event, but people were invited to look at project plans and visit with representatives of the city, SAWS and others involved in the approximately $3.1 million project.

Mueller is the primary contractor and is providing the meter systems, but subcontractors include Delta Wye, Zowada Plumbing and Heating and Keystone Utility Systems, which will do the meter installations. Delta Wye will handle electrical work, and Zowada will deal with any plumbing issues that might arise.

Tartaglia said the first installations are part of a 45-meter pilot that will be sprinkled throughout the city and SAWS area. Tartaglia said the pilot is a demonstration that the project is ready to go and will be seamless once it gets fully under way.

He said the bulk of the project will start probably in another two weeks and will be in the Big Horn and Powder Horn areas. He said the total project is expected to take a year.

The existing city and SAWS water meters are more than 20 years old and have lost, or started losing, their accuracy. Tartaglia said they're being replaced with an Advanced Metering Infrastructure system, AMI for short.

Tartaglia said Wednesday's meeting was arranged by the city of Sheridan, and two more public meetings are planned.

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Steve Maier, who's a SAWS customer as well as a county commissioner, visits with Christie Lee, city customer service supervisor. (Photo by Pat Blair)
One of the displays was this map of the city and SAWS service area. (Photo by Pat Blair)