About the water meter replacement program
The Town of Newmarket's water meter replacement program aims to replace and upgrade all water meters in Newmarket so that the Town can improve wireless two-way communication between your water meter and the Town’s water meter infrastructure. There is no cost to residents to participate in this project and the installations and upgrades will be done by the Town's contractor WAMCO. Please note that this is a mandatory program. Having a working water meter is mandatory under the Town's Water Meter By-law 2017-49.
Benefits of the Water Meter Replacement Program include:
- The ability for the Town to conduct remote water meter readings. No physical visits will be required to obtain water meter readings which will result saved time and improved efficiency
- Improved water meter reading accuracy. If the resident's water meter was previously over-registering or under-registering, the new water meter will now measure the water usage accurately.
- The future ability for the Town with the future ability to identify leaks and losses within the system before they become a larger issue.
- The future ability for residents to be able to track water usage through an online portal.
Current status of the Water Meter Replacement Program
Water Meter Upgrades for Residential properties
At the end of March 2021, the Town will begin the first phase of the water meter replacement program which will upgrade water meter for approximately 7,000 households and businesses in Newmarket. All water meters that are less than 10 years old will have a unit installed on the outside portion of their home/building. The Town's contractor WAMCO will be carrying out the water meter upgrades. There is no cost for residents to have their water meter upgraded. You do not need to be home during this installation.
With the on-going COVID-19 pandemic the residential water meter upgrades will take place first as this work is done entirely outside and does not require interaction with the homeowner/property owner.
You will receive a letter in the mail with an approximate timeframe of when the WAMCO contractor will be in your neighbourhood to upgrade your water meter. If the water meter upgrade is unsuccessful, you will receive a letter in the mail notifying you of this. You address will be placed on a list for the Town to revisit at a later date.
Safety Protocols during COVID-19 for WAMCO installers
WAMCO installers will be subject to a daily health screening process before heading to work. WAMCO installers will be wearing PPE. Residents are asked to please give WAMCO installers their space when they are performing the water meter upgrade. Should you have any questions, please give the Town of Newmarket a call at 905-895-5193 or email email@example.com
Water Meter Replacement for ICI Properties
As of July 2021, the Towns contractor WAMCO will begin to work on water meter replacements for ICI accounts. ICI accounts eligible for a water meter replacement will receive a letter in the mail indicating their eligibility. WAMCO will contact ICI properties to schedule a time to replace the water meter. ICI properties can also proactively call WAMCO at 1-833-926-2626 or visit wamco.as.me to book an appointment based on your water meter size. Your water meter size is located on the notice.
Second Phase of the Water Meter Replacement Program
The second phase of the Water Meter Replacement Program will replace water meters for approximately 18,000 households. A deployment date for the second phase of the Water Meter Replacement Program has not been established yet as this work requires the WAMCO installer to enter the resident's home. The Town continues to monitor the current landscape while seeking advice from Public Health to ensure this work can be done safely. The Town will provide an update when deployment for the second phase is deemed safe and a start date has been set.