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.