Franklinton’s water meter upgrade project is drawing to a close as a Community Water Enrichment Fund grant will enable the town to purchase a new batch of meters.
The awarding of the $35,000 grant was announced at Tuesday’s Board of Aldermen meeting. Alderman Richard Dillon said it will fund the purchase approximately 200 water meters.
The town has been working for several years to replace its water and gas meters with new models capable of drive by reading. The meters are being installed by the town’s Maintenance Department.
Dillon said the town has been able to upgrade its system through grant funding. Water meters have been replaced in batches of 200-300 as grants come in, he said. The town has received approximately one grant per year for a period of about three years.
The new grant will bring the town near the conclusion of its water meter project. After the purchase of about 175 retrofits for existing meters, with the funds possibly coming from the town budget if grant funds are not available, upgrades to the water system will be 90-95 percent complete, Dillon said.
He hopes to see those meters and retrofits in place within 60 days and the entire projected completed by the end of the year.
Dillon said the town is fortunate that it has been able to update its water meters. The project is replacing meters that are in bad shape and are as much as 30-40 years old, he said.
He said he appreciates the effort Sen. Ben Nevers and Rep. Harold Ritchie put forth helping the town get the grant and Mayor Wayne Fleming’s work in following up on it.
“It’s good to be able to get a grant to improve the services of the town,” he said.