Mayor Peggy Jamison has announced that Oakland has received a grant from the Maryland Department of the Environment that will partially fund new “radio read” or drive by” water meters. This project is expected to begin on Tuesday, April 2, and continue through July.
“It will be a long process, but should eliminate the need to estimate water readings,” the mayor wrote in a letter to Oakland water customers.
A crew from Vanguard Utility Services Inc. will be replacing and working around Oakland water meters over the next couple of months.
“Someone from the crew may be knocking on your door to notify you of the proposed replacement,” Jamison noted in the letter. “They will be working Monday through Saturday in most cases. Feel free to ask them for identification, which will show that they are working for Vanguard to change meters.
“For those of you who still have a water meter in your basement or home, please realize that the contractor will need to be able to access your meter in order to complete the replacement, and may contact you to make an appointment to complete the work.”
Jamison said the work may take a day or two to complete, depending on where a meter is located and how difficult the replacement is to finish.
“Every effort will be made to limit the time you may be without water for the replacement to an hour or so,” the mayor said. “When the meter is replaced, you will be notified, and you may be given specific instructions, such as ‘Let your water run for a few minutes’ in order to clear out any dirt or debris which may have accumulated in the water line.”
Additional information about the project is outlined in Jamison’s letter to customers.
Persons who have questions about the work may call Oakland City Hall at 301-334-2691.