Dyer increases fees for reading manual water meters

2014-01-05T19:00:00Z 2014-01-05T22:12:09Z Dyer increases fees for reading manual water metersMary Wilds Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
January 05, 2014 7:00 pm  • 

DYER | Dawn Dwyer is willing to pay a fee to keep her current water meter.

But $25 per month to do so is a bit much, she told the Town Council during a recent public hearing.

A proposed ordinance change would assess a $25 per month fee on the 500 or so users who have not switched over to electronic meter reading.

Dwyer sticks with a manual meter because she thinks electronic meters pose health risks.

“I don’t want it in my house," she said.

“(Science) disagrees with you,” Town Attorney Bill Enslen said.

The town had made public hundreds of pages of documents during meetings prior to the public hearing. No evidence of a potential health risk has been found, he said.

“They’ve been banned in other countries,” said Dwyer, who stated that the scientific community remains divided on whether the meters are safe.

“I’m willing to pay a reasonable fee, but $25 is too much," said said. "How expensive can it be to send someone out to read a meter?”

The Town Council approved the fee, which officials say is necessary to cover costs incurred when meters are manually read.

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