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Rio Vista council to consider water meter audit proposal

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February 19, 2014 |

RIO VISTA — Council members on Tuesday will decide if a citywide water meter project will continue apace.

The city put out a request for proposals  for a comprehensive water audit on Dec. 18, 2013, in its continuing drive to put together a plan for water meter replacement, repair and additions. It received only one proposal In the allotted time frame, by Jan. 14, from MC Engineering in an amount of $41,260.

There could be an additional expenditure of $35,000 for necessary water meter testing and replacement as well, according to staff reports. This process involves testing the existing meter by removing it, which necessitates replacing it with a new meter, the staff report states. The majority of the cost is for new meters.

Staff is recommending that the City Council approve the measure at its Tuesday meeting.

City staff has already met with representatives of MC Engineering, partially to ensure that the audit included a field analysis of service lines and to request an estimate of costs associated with the water meter testing portion of the audit.

The proposal was modified as a result of the meeting.

In going with an independent audit, the city will capture an unbiased snapshot of the meter situation, instead of one influenced by a contractor, said Thomas Jue, in a previous interview, speaking on behalf of the city’s Water and Wastewater Monitoring Committee.

Public Works Director David Melilli previously said the audit will also “clearly define” the city’s approach to installing the water meters. It will help determine whether to install them all at once, which will allow them to age all at the same time but comes at a higher cost, or phase them in.

Rio Vista is working in line with California’s move toward implementing a state law to require water meters on all homes and businesses by 2025.

The City Council meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the City Council chambers, One Main Street. A copy of the agenda can be found online at http://riovistacity.com/meeting-agenda-minutes.

Reach Susan Winlow at 427-6955 or swinlow@dailyrepublic.net. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/swinlowdr.

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