From the Queens Chronicle:
In an effort to streamline service and avoid estimated bills, the city has begun installing automated water meter equipment in Queens.
The $68 million upgrade will be done on all 831,000 meters for 8 million customers throughout the city. The project will take three years.
Queens and Brooklyn are the first boroughs to be targeted. Cambria Heights and Flushing installations have already begun with other neighborhoods to be added later.
Prior to the work, residents will receive a notification letter from the Department of Environmental Protection. Since some meters are located inside dwellings, workers may have to be admitted.
To find out when your neighborhood is scheduled for work, go to the DEP website at nyc.gov/html/dep. Locations are listed by ZIP codes.