WALDO – The Suwannee River Water Management District (SRWMD) is helping the City of Waldo replace its water meters as part of an initiative to help local governments with water conservation.

“The district is pleased to partner with the City of Waldo in a project that will conserve water,” said Ann Shortelle, district executive director for the SRWMD.

The funds, about $76,836, will pay for 543 new water meters in Waldo to replace the outdated and broken ones. The new meters are more accurate, according to the SRWMD, and are better at detecting leaks. The new meters could save nearly 5 million gallons of water a year.

The SRWMD set aside about $1.5 million in cost-share funds for the current fiscal year to help water conservation in the district, finding alternate water supplies, providing flood protection, ecosystem restoration and water quality improvement projects. Waldo was one of 14 local governments that were approved for the funding.

“We are grateful that the district is assisting the city with the installation of meters that have better detection capabilities,” said Waldo City Manager Kim Worley.

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