If you live in Evanston, the device that transmits your water usage to the city’s billing department is due for an upgrade within the next few months.

Chances are, you have one of those fixed network radio transmitters mounted on the exterior of your building. If so, the new meter interface unit can be installed without someone coming into your home.

However, there are about 1,500 accounts in the city where the existing unit is located inside the building or where a new water meter is needed. In those cases, an installer will have to come inside to do the work.

For safety reasons, the city advises that you forbid an installer to enter your home without an appointment.

Should that be necessary, you will be contacted by letter, door hanger, or email from the Water Resources’ Call Center staff for an appointment.

All installation team members will wear a Water Resources ID badge identifying each installer as a city outside contractor.

Residents are urged not to let anyone into their home without an appointment and checking for the presence of the City of Evanston ID badge.

If you have any doubt, you should call 3-1-1 to verify the installer’s ID badge and identity, the city advises.

The southern portion of the city, from about the 1200 block south, will be serviced from August through November. From 1200 to the northern border of the city, the work will be scheduled for October through February.

Those addresses west of McCormick Boulevard will be serviced from March through June of next year.

A Meter Replacement Schedule Map is available on the city’s website.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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