Meter switch planned

A new, high-tech way of reading water meters and billing for the service might be coming to a water pipe near you.
Alex Doty
Mar 1, 2013

 

Grand Haven officials are now taking a serious look at radio-read water meters and monthly billing. The automated process has been a sought-after goal of City Council.

“We are continuing to step in that direction,” City Finance Director Jim Bonamy said. “There’s really no right or wrong — it’s what council wants to do.”

A project concept has been developed and system vendors have already been interviewed.

City officials say there are several benefits to automatic meter reads and monthly bills. These include:

— Monthly billings to 5,000 customers.

— Better customer service.

— Less accidental overuse and charges for water and sewer.

— Easier for customers to budget monthly payments.

— Less costly for the city to read meters.

“The customer with a running toilet won’t have to wait 3-4 months to find out about it,” Bonamy said. “There will be a lot less wasted water.”

A report by the city's finance department prepared for City Council indicates a 2013 project to install meters and radio meter reading equipment would cost about $3.1 million. Bonamy said the money could be borrowed.

“We have $19 million worth of bonding ability possible,” he said. “If we wanted to do something, we certainly can.”

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Comments

db

As the recipient of a four digit water bill (more than 40 times my average), I would certainly support this plan. Thanks

GH55

Just make sure its not hooked up to the electrical system, then its "Big Brother" watching you!
These have been in the GHT for years.

 

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