New Carlisle officials have approved a nearly $600,000 project to upgrade water meters in the city.
The project will replace 2,300 water meters in the city that were installed in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
“They’re becoming inaccurate and we have significant water loss,” New Carlisle Service Director Howard Kitko said.
Council members unanimously voted to award the $576,000 contract to Neptune Equipment during their scheduled meeting Monday night.
The project will be paid for through 100 percent Ohio Environmental Protection Agency loan, City Manager Kim Jones said. The 20-year loan comes with 2.55 percent interest, Jones said.
The Ohio EPA and the Ohio Water Development Authority must review the bid and the loan information before New Carlisle can move forward with the project.
Kitko said if the Ohio EPA and the OWDA approve the paperwork, construction is expected to begin June 2 and completed in December.
Kitko said a 2013 leak survey found 12 unsurfaced water main breaks, resulting in 50 percent in unaccounted for water.
After the water main breaks were fixed, the city still has 15-20 percent in unaccounted for water.
Kitko said the new meters will provide hourly and more accurate readings that could help residents conserve water usage. He added that the project will alert officials to leaks and help homeowners conserve water.
“We will be able to tell a homeowner when they have high water usage or have a leak by the day,” Kitko said. “These water meters read every hour, 24/7/365.”