SAND SPRINGS, Oklahoma -- Crews are almost finished replacing the water meters for customers in Sand Springs' city limits with new automatic meters.
The city serves 12,000 customers in a 150-square mile area that stretches from northern Creek County to Skiatook Lake and from Tulsa's city limits to Lake Keystone.
Contractors began changing out all meters in the system and installing Water SaveSource automated meter reading devices last June.
Around 5,700 meters had been changed out and were being read automatically as of Monday, October 11, 2010, according to City Information Services Director Anita Hundley.
"The project is going smoothly – especially considering the number of meters involved and the technology needed to make the system work," Anita Hundley said.
According to a news release from the city of Sand Springs, Professional Meters Inc. crews have changed out nearly all the meters in the city limits north of the Arkansas River and should have meters in south Sand Springs changed out by the end of October.
Work will then shift to rural customers north of the river and work southward until the project is completed.
City officials say customers should only experience a brief disruption of water service when the installation occurs.
"In most cases, the process is only taking about 10 to 15 minutes to complete," Anita Hundley said. "When the meter is changed out, PMI will leave a bright-colored door hanger notifying customers that the work has been completed."
Customers who experience any problems after their meter has been replaced can call PMI at 866-965-0657.
If an emergency circumstance occurs after hours, customers can call the city of Sand Springs' emergency water call-out number at 918-246-2595.