Water Meter Question

There’s more caterwauling from Monroe City Council Chairman Jay Marx today about the water meter issue.

Marx says city back to square one

The city has been in discussions since the early to mid 1990s about the best way to replace the existing system and the aging water meters. City officials said some of the meters are not registering the correct amount of water while other meters are not registering at all.

Has anyone said why no effort has been made to replace the meters that are not registering with something, anything that will record usage? Surely the city’s public works department has access to replacement meters of the style now in use.

Anyone at city hall care to answer that question?

2 Responses to “Water Meter Question”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    An old style water meter costs $65 to replace when broken. The new automated water meter costs between $1,000 and $3,000. Citizens that do not want to pay a water bill break the meter intentionally and are never procecuted by the city.

  2. wascator Says:

    Caution: high-techy stuff is expensive and often causes more problems than it solves. It’s often easier to sell than the old basics, because it’s cool-sexy-techy. Remember the law of unintended consequences.

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