The Lodi City Council approved spending almost $5.7 million for the next phase of the city's plan to install 13,174 water meters by the end of 2017.
Councilman Alan Nakanishi was the only dissenting vote, saying after the meeting that when he was in the State Assembly he opposed the bill requiring all cities to have water meters by 2025. He does not agree with the council's decision in 2007 to move forward with the installation of water meters.
"If I was there, I would have delayed it and put it in at the very end. I think it's a bad idea for Lodi," Nakanishi said.
The city hired Teichert Construction to replace 2,111 meters and five miles of pipeline during the upcoming year. The meters will be going in from Daisy Avenue and Lockeford Street all the way to the Mokelumne River. The eastern boundary will be Cherokee Lane and western border will be Ham Lane and Lodi Lake, Public Works Director Wally Sandelin said.
Some of these streets will be closed while the pipelines are replaced. Residents can see when their meters will be installed and if the pipeline will be replaced in front of their house on the city’s website.
The council also continued the contract with RMC Water and Environment to do construction administration services and approved buying 2,300 meters to install.
So what about the homes that already have water meters?
There are already 3,000 homes in Lodi that were built or significantly remodeled after 1992 that started receiving usage-based bills for water on Jan. 1, 2010.
"There have been very few questions about the high cost of their water bill or their low cost, so the usage-based billing has not been a surprise to our customers," Sandelin said.
These homes will also start receiving usage-based bills for wastewater starting this upcoming July based on how much water they used this past December, January and February.
The city also installed 3,811 new meters in 2011. Those homes will start receiving bills based on their usage on January 2013.