Norman water efficiency project to receive $2 million in federal funding

Advanced Water Metering Project is one of 14 projects selected nationwide

As part of funding provided through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the City of Norman and Norman Utilities Authority is set to receive $2 million by way of the Bureau of Reclamation to put toward Advanced Water Metering Infrastructure (AMI) Implementation in the community. The announcement was made through the Department of the Interior on June 21 and released alongside a list outlining 14 water efficiency projects in eight states to receive grants. Norman saw the only successful grant project application in the state of Oklahoma.

“We are ecstatic to hear this news and appreciate the support and guidance of E-source, our project consultant, in this process,” said Utilities Director Chris Mattingly. “Advanced Water Metering is something we have been working toward for many years. Making this transition will increase accuracy and timeliness of meter reading, as well as allow for advanced leak notification and improved water conservation.”

AMI is a system of meters, communication networks and software that wirelessly delivers water usage information and service alerts directly to the provider and, in many instances, the customer. AMI technology automatically collects consumption data from water meters, and subsequently transfers data over a secure network to a central database. The collected data is used for water billing, analyzing water usage trends and more.

A stipulation of the $2 million grant is that the project must be completed in full. The total AMI project will cost approximately $15 million and additional grant funding is still being explored by staff. The first phase of implementation is expected to begin by Spring of 2023.

“It is not often that this size of grant funding is available for these types of projects, so we are proud to be named a recipient,” said Finance Director Anthony Francisco. “We look forward to the completion of AMI, which is expected to take 18-24 months, and will provide many conveniences for our customers.”

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