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Jacksonville Beach residents getting new water meters

City says it'll take about 1 year to make transition

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. – More than 20,000 people who live in Jacksonville Beach are getting new water meters.

According to the city, the new meters will save time and money for employees and residents. 

Fifty to 100 new meters will be installed each day, and the city estimates it will take about a year to make the transition. 

Floridians know how high electricity bills can get in the summer months, but the new meters will be more accurate and may even end up saving people money.

"I had one replaced about a year and a half ago because it leaked on their side, so they had to replace it," Jacksonville Beach resident Bill Hultz told News4Jax on Monday. 

Hultz said that's the only issue he's had with his water in the 19 years he's lived in Jacksonville Beach. The new water meters being installed can actually detect leaks, which will save the city money.

"That's fine with me," Hultz said. "I don't see any problems with that."

With the old water meters, a worker has to psychically go to homes in order to check the meters. But once the new meters are installed, employees can stay inside their office and still be able to check people's water usage.

Other benefits of the new water meters include providing more consistent service, leak detection, automated readings, improved bill accuracy and improved technology -- which will provide quicker readings.

The transition from an old meter to a new meter takes about an hour, and the home or building will lose water during that time. 

"If it's easier for people (for it to be) all done by computer, I understand. We'll be taken care of. I think it will be a good idea," said Rod Crawford, who has in lived in Jacksonville Beach for 50 years. "I'd appreciated advanced notice, definitely."

The new meter installations are already underway. The city of Jacksonville Beach is working to give every homeowner as much notice as possible. Residents are advised to keep an eye on their front doors, as officials will leave fliers on the door handles. Residents may also receive a robocall.