City Council approves $500K federal grant for new water meters

A $500,000 grant application to the United States Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) could help the City of Carlsbad replace nearly 5,000 water meters with a radio read system.

Carlsbad City Council approved the application Sept. 28 through the BOR’s WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grants program, read a memorandum from City of Carlsbad Utilities Director Ron Myers.

“The WaterSMART program is a competitive program where Bureau of Reclamation puts out a funding notice that we’re going to be funding a certain number of grants with a certain amount of criteria,” said Peter Soeth, BOR spokesperson.

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He said when applications arrive, BOR representatives rate the applications.

“Once they’re rated those that meet the criteria and meet a certain level are funded,” Soeth said.

The BOR program provides 50/50 cost share funding to irrigation and water districts, tribes, states and other entities with waterpower or water delivery authority, read the BOR’s website.

Myers said the resolution approved by the Council last month is a resolution in support of the City’s grant application with the BOR’s WaterSMART program.

Ron Myers, director of utilities for the City of Carlsbad,

Myers said the upgrade replaces water meters with an Automated Meter Reading System (AMR).

“An AMR meter reading system will allow for a reduction in resources expended to read meters each month and provide an increase in reading accuracy,” he said.

Myers said the City of Carlsbad’s Municipal Water System has approximately 13,000 metered connections.

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