The meters — being installed over a five-year period — will save the town an additional $100,000 a year, he said.
These measures will benefit the town and help persuade the DES the administrative order is no longer needed to protect Canobie, he said.
“We feel the town has built a compelling case,” Silke said.
Selectmen were pleased with the progress and optimistic the order would be removed, especially Selectman Michael Lyons.
“I think it’s a momentous occasion that should not be looked as lightly that we are finally going to get this administrative order lifted,” he said.
DES hydrologist Brandon Kernen said yesterday his office was awaiting the formal request from the town. He said Salem has been cooperative over the years and worked diligently to resolve the state’s concerns.