Meter project continues in north Everett EVERETT - The city’s project to add residential water meters throughout north Everett is progressing smoothly.
The city recently finished installing 630 meters in the first round of the meter project, public works spokeswoman Marla Carter said.
The next round to install more than 800 meters started last month. There are five rounds total, and a few years from now the city will tackle unmetered buildings in south Everett.
The state is requiring Everett to have all of its homes metered by 2017 to meet a state water conservation law passed by the Legislature in 2003.
Most of north Everett’s homes were built before 1990s-era regulations requiring new houses to be metered.
The city is installing the meters from east to west, meaning northwest residents won’t get meters anytime soon.
Most of north Everett works on a flat rate billing system for water and sewer.
The city will bill newly metered customers on the flat rate system under a one-year grace period, but starting in July the bill will show the comparable cost under a metered rate to educate homeowners on the upcoming rate change.
Everett’s flat rate is $60.48 for water and $96 for sewer for each two-month billing cycle.
Most customers will not see a significant change in their water bill, the city said.
Utility rates went up this year in part because the Kimberly-Clark Mill, a heavy water user, closed last April. The mill provided $2 million in utility sales tax revenue to the city.
The entire meter project will cost the city $9.5 million. The bulk purchase of thousands of new meters represents $3 million of that cost. The new meters automatically report water usage through electronic signals that can be picked up from the street.
People in the project area who have meters now will get a new automatic meter as part of the replacement project, Carter said previously.
Unmetered homeowners can ask to have a meter put in earlier than when crews are scheduled to hit their neighborhood by calling 425-257-8999.
To get more information on the meter project and to find a water usage calculator, check out the city’s website at www.everettwa.org/default.aspx?ID=2071.