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January 30, 2015
District partnering with GRU on water-saving technology
The St. Johns River Water Management District will continue to partner with Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) on its program to replace old analog-style water meters with digital “smart” meters that support water conservation.
The “smart” meter technology more accurately reflects customer consumption and provides on-demand meter reading and leak, theft and backflow detection. During the first year of the partnership, GRU installed 652 “smart” meters.
“The District is committed to looking for opportunities to implement water conservation projects with our partners,” said John Fitzgerald, leader of the District’s North Florida Water Initiative. “These ‘smart’ meters provide an additional benefit as they will allow GRU to quantify actual water savings.”
Through this technology, half of existing leaks should be captured and repaired, potentially reducing water losses by 120,000 gallons per day throughout GRU’s distribution system. Also, the use of “smart” meters enhances customer service by allowing customers to see potential leaks before they become exceptionally expensive.
“The ‘smart’ meter installation benefits conservation by giving people more knowledge and control over their water consumption,” said Tony Cunningham, GRU’s director of engineering. “By giving customers better information on their actual water usage, they can make better decisions on how and when they use water.”
The District will provide $66,000 toward the $212,000 project.
January 13, 2015
Applications sought for cost-share projects
The St. Johns River Water Management District is accepting applications for cost-share projects that conserve water, contribute to developing alternative water supplies and sources, or improve surface water quality.
The District has earmarked $15 million for cost-share projects and anticipates making the funding available in the budget beginning Oct. 1, 2015, subject to Governing Board approval.
The application form and guidelines, evaluation criteria and other details are available on the District's cost-share web pages.
The deadline for submitting applications is 5 p.m. on March 13, 2015.