Water meter upgrades resume at end of January

Queen Creek is in the process of upgrading water meters and communication devices with units that have a longer life expectancy and require fewer repairs, according to town officials.

The town has contracted Utiliuse to complete the remaining upgrades, and work will begin at the end of January and take approximately one year to complete, officials stated in a release.

Replacing water meters will result in water outages at the replacement home for approximately five to 10 minutes, on average.

“Utiliuse employees will knock immediately before water is shutoff; employees will never need to enter the home,” according to the release.

Advanced notification regarding replacements will be made on Nextdoor, through an HOA, with signage in the neighborhood and door hangers.

If extenuating circumstances require scheduling a specific time for the replacement, call 480-358-3450.

Not all water meters and communication devices will need to be replaced. Due to the normal course of repair and replacement many water customers already have the upgraded devices, officials stated.

Work will begin in the following areas: Cortina, Sossaman Estates, Emperor Estates, Lucia, Roman Estates and Will Rogers.

“Residents are reminded to keep the area around the water meter box clear; if landscaping is prohibiting access to the water meter box, the landscaping will be displaced,” the release stated.

“Once the upgrades are complete, a customer portal will be launched, allowing residents to access the real-time data. The information will help residents monitor their water usage and identify water leaks.”

For tips on how to conserve water or conducting a home water audit, visit QueenCreek.org/ConservetheQC. For more information about upgrades, visit QueenCreek.org/FlexNet.

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