For our benefit?

Re: Who's using all the water

I read your article about the city's installation of smart meters for domestic water supply, which made it sound as if they are doing this for the benefit of consumers who may be concerned about their water usage. I would guess that most homeowners already know exactly where their water goes, and probably for the most part don't care.

By coincidence, the same day that I read your article I received my water bill. I had used 16 cubic meters of water in two months which cost me $8 for 2 people in a 2 bathroom house. Of course the actual bill was $98 so my water usage made very little impact on what I pay. When my new smart meter arrives I may be able to save money according to the city. What? Like about 25 cents if I really worked hard at using less water. If the city wants to save money by firing some meter readers why don't they just come out and say so instead of pretending that it's done for our benefit.

Incidentally, if you are thinking you might just decline their offer of a new meter and keep your old one you should be aware that your punishment will be a $40 surcharge on your bill every 2 months, i.e. $240 per year. In other words, take the new meter whether you want it or not.

Peter Emery, Kelowna

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