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Posted on: August 28, 2018

In-home Meter Update to Begin this Fall

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Homes and businesses in Sioux Center will be receiving a meter update beginning this September.

Sioux Center Municipal Utilities is preparing to update electric, gas, and water meters and electric load control switches for local residents and businesses.

Water meters are located inside homes and businesses, while electric and gas meters are on the outside of the structures.

“Because the water meter update involves working in people’s homes and businesses, we’ve hired a trusted company that specializes in meter changeouts,” said Sioux Center Utility Engineer Matt Van Schouwen. “We recognize this update in your home is an inconvenience, and we chose Maintenance Consultants because of their long-time reputation for respectful and dependable work.”

Maintenance Consultants, of Gilbert, Iowa, is bringing their team to Sioux Center for this project. Maintenance Consultants is an experienced meter installation contractor that has done thousands of installs throughout the Midwest.

Sioux Center Municipal Utility customers will receive a letter in the mail about how to coordinate this work.

During the water meter update:

- Maintenance Consultants requires an adult (age 18 or older) to be present. 

- The water meter area should be clear and accessible, and a working valve on the water line ahead of the meter is required so Maintenance Consultants can briefly shut off the water supply in order to update the meter. 

- Please have pets put away during the service visit. 

- Maintenance Consultants staff will have personal ID badges for easy verification and will travel in marked vehicles.

"Maintenance Consultants is a company that has worked in many communities changing customers' meters to help those communities successfully transition to advanced metering," said Sioux Center Utility Manager Murray Hulstein.

The updated advanced meters link with a communications network to remotely record utility use efficiently and accurately. The meters will also help Sioux Center Municipal Utilities identify water leaks and power outages quickly.

The updated meters are being provided by Sioux Center Municipal Utilities at no additional cost to customers.

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