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Posted: Friday, May 25, 2012 9:52 am | Updated: 1:23 pm, Fri May 25, 2012.

We've given lots of coverage to the installation of water meters in Lodi. That project began last year, but there's more to it than just meters.

Green and white Teichert trucks have been spending a lot of time in the area north of Holly Drive and Lockeford Street digging trenches and installing new water meters.

If you have a new trench and asphalt patches in front of your house, you are going to be connected to a new, bigger water pipe.

City officials told me that way back, very small water mains were often installed in Lodi streets. Now all the two-, three- and four-inch mains are being replace with six- and eight-inch mains. You'll have higher water pressure and better fire protection — and a new water meter.

Here are a few "fun facts" about the water main upgrade:

  • Teichert Construction project manager Jake Creger told me his crews are installing 22,000 feet of 8-inch underground water mains and 2,800 fee of 6-inch mains.
  • City Engineer Charlie Swimley said the town is divided into seven areas and seven projects. Crews will be working one area per year until 2017 when everyone in Lodi will have a water meter and a water main at least 6 inches in diameter.

If nothing's happening yet in front of your house, click this link and see a map of when meters will be installed in your Lodi neighborhood.

I also talked to Eureka Street resident Rich Wiles who wishes the crews would do more to keep down the dust. Creger, the Teichert manager, said they are running street sweepers every day. If you were missed, talked to one of the guys in the green and white trucks.

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  • Tim Dougherty posted at 9:50 am on Wed, Jun 13, 2012.

    doferty Posts: 1

    The supporting water main replacement project has been in full swing in our neighborhood for several weeks now. Without question, this is the worst experience, as a homeowner, that we have had to endure during the nearly 20 years that we have been living in Lodi. The oppressive noise, constant heavy equipment, and the resulting DUST is like a bad dream that just won't end. Add to that the leftover dirt and the incomplete trench that runs the length of our street – what a disgrace. Every-time a car passes by a roaring dust cloud follows. We are very unhappy and displeased with all of this. It would be different if the project brought an added benefit, however, a new water main sounds great but it doesn't really make a tangible difference (it's probably more related to the meters than they lead on) and we just “can’t wait” for the City to being gouging us for more money on our water bill. I just want to give a big shout-out to the City of Lodi and say “YOU SUCK” for arbitrarily digging up our nice streets, creating all this misery just so you can dig deeper into our already overtaxed pockets.

  • Bob Silvano posted at 5:46 pm on Fri, May 25, 2012.

    Bob Silvano Posts: 145

    Sorry for the typos. Sometimes I get going too fast.

  • Bob Silvano posted at 5:43 pm on Fri, May 25, 2012.

    Bob Silvano Posts: 145

    Well, as a division of the city of Lodi, I would assume that the Parks & Rec dept. would get a pass on water meters, since they would in essence be paying themselves. I will assure you that Lodi Unified will be going on meters just as any other commerical enterprise in Lodi The City of Lodi and Lodi Unified are in fact, individual government entities and noit entitled to "special priviledges" from each other, although there is "consideration" given to one another regarding transactions that would be beneficial to the taxpayer, such as the use of the Grape Bowl for graduations by Lodi Unified, or the use of Lodi Unified fields for City of Lodi programs. In any event, Lodi Unified gets no special favors from the City in reagards to water usage.

  • Allen Davis posted at 4:08 pm on Fri, May 25, 2012.

    allenluchador Posts: 16

    Will industrial users of water (our worst water wasters) get water meters also? How about government users like Parks and Rec and also the school district?


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