Meter swap begins Jan. 7

By Erika Pedroza | Published Saturday, December 29, 2012

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Water and electric meters for accounts in the city of Bridgeport will be replaced and upgraded beginning Jan. 7, as part of a performance contract project approved in August.

Workers wearing either safety green or blue shirts bearing a “Siemens/PVI Meter Team” logo and driving trucks marked with the same logo will swap out the meters. Two crews will swap water meters (about 20 daily) and another will work on electric meters (between 40 and 45 a day).

According to a press release issued by Amber Fogelman, the city’s community relations manager, meter replacement could cause a temporary, approximately 30-minute loss of service. Commercial meter customers will be notified of water and electric shutoffs in advance.

Anyone with special needs for water or electricity should notify the city at (940) 683-3400.

“Please pardon any inconvenience during this upgrade to your service,” the press release read.

The transition should be completed and tested the third week of February, then should “go live” on March 1 for the first “true reading.”

The project was implemented for “the means to implement capital improvements to reduce energy and related costs” by improving lighting systems, waste management, water conservation, technology infrastructure, water meters and heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment.

Answers to frequently asked questions will be available at and on the Community Bulletin section of the City Hall lobby.

An informational meeting on the new meters will be held 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, at City Hall (900 Thompson St.).

6:30 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 14
Bridgeport City Hall, 900 Thompson St.

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