"These will be village-owned meters. They'll be remote-read meters so we want have to go up and read things on the outside of peoples' houses. And it will make collection of data that much easier. It will also potentially open the door to monthly billing if the board wants to go that direction - that gives people a smaller rate each month."
Michael noted that the board has not made any changes to the village's billing structure yet, however.
The $1 million will cover both the purchase and the installation of the new meters. Village staff, headed up by Community Development Director Jeremy Evans, applied for the funding about one year ago.
"It was applied for through stimulus funds and through a couple different grants," Michael said. "And in the mysterious ways of New York State it made its way to somebody's desk and was one of several grants that were approved. It's a fantastic opportunity for Saranac Lake, for a system of 2,000 meters to get $1 million grant to install them is really a fortunate opportunity for us."
People who already have meters will get new heads retro-fitted to them so new plumbing won't need to be installed. The other half of users will have new meters installed in their basements.
In all, New York State received $432 million through the stimulus bill for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and $86 million for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.