DIXON – The city is pushing for residents to schedule their water meter replacements sooner rather than later as the project is progressing slower than expected.
The southwest side of town is first up in the $3 million project, where all 5,900 meters will be replaced in 9 months to a year.
As of last week, only about 170 meters were replaced.
The city is broken up into areas with 400 to 500 meters; the next section of residents will be contacted via letters after 80 percent of meters have been replaced in an area.
The city contracted with Core & Main a year ago for the project, and the meters are being installed by Morris-based United Meters Inc.
Residents must set up an appointment with UMI installers, who are going door to door to catch up with residents who haven't scheduled a replacement.
The Dixon Police Department warned residents on social media Tuesday that if they don't have their meters replaced, their water will be shut off.
All meters will be upgraded to Sensus iPerl meters, which allow for more accurate reads and an advanced metering infrastructure, with measurements transmitted wirelessly.
More accurate reads means it's likely that residents undercharged by faulty meters will see an uptick in their bills.
Residents eventually will transition to monthly billing, rather than quarterly, and the city is also making a push for paperless billing.
Installers will wear city of Dixon badges, and their photos and names are posted on the city website. Background checks were done on all installers, and they are not permitted to enter a home unless someone 18 or older is present.