The Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) has selected Grand Junction as a recipient for a WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant.
The City will receive $300,000 to upgrade 4,069 manual-read water meters with advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) compatible meters. The City will also install a fixed network data collection system designed to automatically collect and store hourly consumption data from our nearly 10,000 customer meters.
The City began conversion of manual to automated reader metering in 2014. The BOR grant will help fund costs incurred during implementation, which began in July of 2019, through completion scheduled for September 30th, 2021.
Once the advanced metering infrastructure is in place, both the City and customers will have real-time access to water use data through a customer portal. The portal will also allow the City to monitor for any unusual water usage that might indicate a water leak, enabling customers to be notified immediately.
By providing customers with real-time data, the project is expected to result in annual water savings of 741 acre-feet, which is currently lost to customer overuse and leaks. As a result of the project, the City expects to reduce diversions from the Kannah Creek watershed, leaving water in the river system or otherwise making water available for other uses in the Upper Colorado Basin.
You can find more information at https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/weeg/
Contact: Greg LeBlanc, Sr. Assistant to the City Manager 970-244-1557 or firstname.lastname@example.org