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Backflow & Water Meters

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A water meter is required for all accounts that receive water and wastewater services. Water meters are generally located within the interior of the building to prevent freezing and are commonly located in a mechanical room, crawl space, near a hot water heater or in a boiler room. 

District employees do not need to come inside your home to read a meter for billing purposes because we utilize a radio transmitting system (MXU) which transmits a radio signal to our receivers to record. The MXU is battery powered. If the battery is weak, it will notify us, and we will contact you to arrange replacement. Hydrant meter rental is available if you are unable to access water from your home or construction site. Please contact us for a copy of a short-term rental (less than 30 days) form. 

Long term hydrant meter rental (more than thirty days) is approved on a case-by-case basis and may be granted under special circumstances, please contact us at 970.476.7480 for more information. 

A deposit, including installation cost, must be paid by cash or check prior to setting an installation appointment. 

If you believe your meter is not functioning properly, please contact us at 970.476.7480 and we will send a District technician to investigate for no charge.

Backflow / Cross-connection

Millions of dollars are spent every year to protect Eagle River Water & Sanitation District’s drinking water sources, water delivery systems, and treatment facilities because good, clean water is important to everyone. However, even with the best infrastructure, the quality of our water can be compromised by a single cross-connection. A cross-connection occurs where the treated and protected potable water meets with the outside environment. Any bathtub, sink, clothes/dish washer, or toilet is a potential cross-connection.

Most of the district’s system has pressures well above 100 PSI. High pressure is our first and best defense against contaminants entering our clean drinking water. However, even in the best system there are situations where high pressure can drop quickly to dangerous levels. When the public water system’s pressure does get low, it's possible for a customer’s system to have greater pressure than the public water supply. In other words, there are situations where water can flow from the consumer (possibly unsafe) to the public water system – these are circumstances where backflow can occur.

Find out more about our Backflow Prevention and Cross-Connection Control Program.