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Question DetailsAsked on 7/21/2016

How much does it cost to disconnect and reconnect a water meter outside

Removing 29 meters from my mobile park need to know average labor cost

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You definitely want a couple of bids from plumbers for this, especially since doing so many- if easy access above-ground meters maybe about $30-50/meter labor depending on local labor cost plus about $5-15 pipe materials per meter - plus maybe cost of new meter (typically $150-300) depending on what your water company requires if putting in new ones. If replacing meters rather than eliminating might be a bit less on labor side, especially if replacing with one that just happens to be the same installed length.

If meters are buried in access boxes, especially if a foot or two deep, then probably more like $45-75 per meter for the labor, and more if someone concreted the box in or you want the meter box removed and the hole backfilled too - plus a bit of cost (say $5-10/hole) for bagged backfill materials if having the contractor do that (obviously cheaper to do yourself).

These costs obviously assume all are being done at one time - not individual callouts for each one.

Be sure to check legal regulations on this - water utility or state rate commission likely has something to say on meter brands and certifications if these are used to charge for water consumption, and if tearing them out to have only one meter for the mobile park which you will pay obviously the water utility (if not on well) will have something to say about brand, size, calibration testing, final and initial reading takings on the old/new meters, etc.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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