From the Saugerties Town Board: A message to Glasco Water
In 2013 the Town Board authorized the purchase of new meters
for the Glasco Water District. The
intent is to bring the district in compliance with new USEPA standards
regarding lead content in water systems.
The existing meters have a lead content that exceeds the 2014 EPA
standards. Therefore, the meters must be
taken out of service if they fail or require repair. The Town Board made a proactive decision to
upgrade to lead free meters utilizing available grant money to help defray the
cost of replacement.
In addition to meeting lead free standards, the chosen
Sensus meters employ an Automatic Meter Reading System that uses a radio signal
to transmit meter readings to a district vehicle. This system greatly reduces the time it takes
Town employees to read the meters throughout the district. The same technology is presently in use in
many nearby communities.
Unfortunately, there has been much misinformation generated
about the safety of the new meters relative to the radio frequency. Much of this concern is drawn from
comparisons to “smart” electric meters which transmit almost continuous
signals. The Sensus meters transmit only
when triggered by the remote reading device to obtain meter readings, currently
twice per year. The radio frequency is
not harmful and is comparable to cell phones, garage door openers, vehicle key
fobs, cordless phones and WIFI networks.
The Sensus meters are in full compliance with all FCC regulations
regarding radio frequency.
In summary, the new meters eliminate concerns raised about
lead content in municipal drinking water systems and bring the Glasco Water
District in compliance with current EPA standards. The new meters are lead free and safe. Additionally, the new meters are anticipated
to maintain a high level of accuracy over their life-span, ensuring equality of
billing throughout the district.
More information is available to anyone who wants it and it
can be found at town hall.
At this time installations are about 70% complete. The Town Board urges anyone within the Glasco
Water District who has not received a meter upgrade to do so as soon as
Please contact the Town of Saugerties Water/Sewer Department
at (845) 246-8671 to schedule your meter replacement.
Your anticipated cooperation in this matter is greatly