Homewood is geared to go for its water meter replacement program, according to Village Manager Jim Marino.
Over the course of the next several months, United Meters Inc. (UMI) of Morris will be replacing nearly every water meter in town with new automated systems. The new meters will automatically transmit data to the village and eliminate the need for manual monthly readings.
Unfortunately for residents, the meters will also be more accurate, which may translate to an increased water bill. On the plus side, the real-time data means the village should be able to catch leaks much sooner, and that could mean huge savings for some.
What to expect:
UMI employees will be calling residents and going door-to-door to schedule meter replacements. Each one was assigned a photo ID card from the village for employment verification, and photos of them are posted above. If you're ever suspicious, call Homewood police at 708-206-3420.
Once the appointment is set, each meter installation takes roughly 30 minutes to an hour. An adult must be present and there should be clear access to the water meter during the time of installation.