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Homewood to Begin Water Meter Replacement Program

The village plans to update all water meters in town over the next several months.

One of the old Homewood water meters, which will soon be replaced with an automated version.
One of the old Homewood water meters, which will soon be replaced with an automated version.

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.

Homewood has posted a list of frequently asked questions online for anyone who might want to learn more about the project.

Bonnie MacCormack January 17, 2014 at 04:43 PM
Thank you for this information. My water bills are always high.
Carol Gilbert January 19, 2014 at 04:58 PM
I think that it is a very good idea to post the pictures of the installers. However, it would be more reassuring if the pictures of the installers were a little friendlier looking. Maybe some friendly genuine smiles would help!
Homewood Jim January 28, 2014 at 08:34 AM
Joel - a meter that fails will almost always read low, not high. If you have an abnormally high water bill, check each of your toilets for fill valves that keep filling and water going into the overflow tube. That "small" leak will use thousands of gallons every 90 days.
TeacherMom January 28, 2014 at 03:19 PM
Thank you for the information and for posting pictures of the installers.
Bob Levy June 19, 2014 at 07:38 AM
My meter was replaced this week. The install was fine and the installer was excellent. HOWEVER, the meter has a MAJOR design flaw. The display is upside down and is almost impossible to read. I called the Homewood Public works to complain and they say "Rockwell" problem. It is a design problem, the display makes assumptions that are false. What gets me mad is the amount of money spent on this program, but lack of usability to the end user. It will make it easier for the village to electronically get the meter reading and that is good. I have been reading and logging the meter reading daily since finding a leaky toilet (and high water bill) many years ago. Daily reading/logging let me know almost immediately if there is a leak. I believe the meter was not designed to be read in any location. There should have been two meters for the installer to select. One for each reading requirement based on installation. My meter would be fine if I could fit between the wall and the meter. The meter can only be installed one way. If I could turn the display 90 or 180 degrees I would not be posting this complaint. Maybe if there are a lot of people complaining, we can get Rockwell to "recall" the defective meters.

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