Out with the old: City of Big Rapids updates water meters in residences

BIG RAPIDS — The City of Big Rapids is updating their water meters in residences to meters with wireless reporting capability.

“Oftentimes we’re not aware of how much water we use,” City of Big Rapids Utility Clerk Karen Manoski said.

To help solve this problem, Manoski has been working on getting residents to update their water meters to more efficient ones for both the consumer, and the ones checking for water issues.

“Before we had these new meters, the meter inspectors were going house to house, reading,” she said.

By implementing the new meters, residents will be able to see how much water they’re consuming with the help of their smart phone.

“It’s actually really cool to go on and see how much water you’re getting,” Manoski said.

After the updated water meter is placed, people can visit their app store, download the eyeonwater app, and link their property to an account. From here, they’ll be able to see their water consumption, as well as link other properties they may own together for easier access.

“Now, we’re able to tell if something goes wrong very quickly,” Manoski said, noting the meter inspectors will be able to find leaks quicker, saving residents time and money. “It also makes you aware of your consumption.”

While the older meters were getting checked once a month, Manoski said, with the updated meters, both the Utility Billing and residents will have the opportunity to check it more often.

Manoski is making appointments to help people transition into the new water meters, and hopes to get in contact with more residents shortly.

“We still have several hundred to change,” Manoski said.

To make an appointment to replace their old water meter, residents can contact Manoski at (231) 592-4005.

The appointment should take approximately 30 minutes and is at no charge to the resident.

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