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Question DetailsAsked on 2/9/2018

how much would it cost to have a plumber remove and replace 147 water meters?

i need to remove 147 water meters and replace them with new ultrasonic smart meters for small mountain community water company. They are in boxes that will need to be dug up and put back. already have the new meters and they are the same size so all fittings match up . How long and how much should it be about /?

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You need to develop a scope of work and map/list of locations, then go out to bids on this large a job.


IF, and that is a big IF, the new meters are exactly the same length as the existing (not bloody likely, mate, unless from same manufacturer and specifically designed as replacements for the ones you have) AND there is working room in the meter boxes, you mighth get ti for about $50-100/meter in that quantity - just shutting off the shutoff valve (assuming each meter has a shutoff on the inlet side or at street), disconnecting the unions, putting new one in, reconnecting the unions. Probably more like $100-150 range if the box needs to be removed to do the work - ASSUMING they are just slip-fit in the ground bottomless slot over the pipe boxes, not full watertight boxes, which if that is what they are REALLY complicate the mater dramatically. I am also assuming the boxes are surface-mount - not buried deep in the ground - if buried a foot or two probably another $50-100 per meter changeout for that, and a lot more for any embedded in concrete - like in sidewalks or drives.


MUCH more likely, the meter length is different - so depending on whether the boxes still fit or need replacing too, I would guess (VERY ballpark) more likely $100-250/meter depending o box and material and whether box is surface-flush or buried.


This assumes you have decent local (thogh I would advertise in nearest cities too) competition and access is decent, and that this is thawed season work, not digging through snowdrifts and frozen ground.


This also assumes no problems with homeowners - you will need a Plan C for the at least few who refuse to let the guy on their property to do this.


Also Plan D - provision for what is to be done and who is doing it for shutoff valves that fail or will not shut off - assuming these are old meters, probably going to have a number of them unless your crew (if you have one) goes around and pre-tests them to be sure they shut off pretty much 100%.


Also remember to incorporate provisions for damaged meters (who pays for/replaces them) and who gets the old meters (and boxes if they are being replaced too). I would EMPHATICALLY recommend a trial replacement of a couple to see what type of problems are likely to develop (and maybe video that test for bidders to see if they want or even have it done during a bidders conference) and just how much trouble this is going to be, because you do not want an underbidder who cannot finish the job or starts shortcutting to cut his losses, nor do you want too high a "protective" low bid because they fear the above sort of problems which do not materialize.


If you have a local public works or road department you might run the draft contract by them too for their input, as well of course coordinating with your purchasing officer on the RFQ.

Answered 9 months ago by LCD




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