Kevin Lajoie has covered the water meter story in today’s Standard Free-Holder.
“City officials insist the water meters aren’t intended to generate more money from users. Instead, they said the ultimate goal is to make the system more equitable overall and more sustainable in the long-term.
“We’re not after more money here,” said environmental services division manager Morris McCormick.
Levac said the new rate structure will have two components — a base rate (depending on the size of the water line to a house) that will support the cost of maintaining the system and a consumptive rate that will be charged based on usage.
Levac acknowledged that some homeowners’ bills will go up under the new system, while others will go down, but a big part of it will depend on usage.
“If you use a lot of water, you’ll pay a lot more, but if you don’t use a lot of water, you’ll pay less,” he said.”
I wrote the following comment in his story.
“This seems to be like an awful lot of investment for a service that isn’t intended to make money for the city? What is the service then exactly for? Are we experiencing a water shortage in Cornwall?
And if it’s an important service why aren’t we rushing, or at least moving promptly?
I think this is what it is. The city has to come up with an awful lot of money for not only the new water & sewage plant, but also the higher costs of supporting the new plant.
Those dollars have to come from somewhere thus the introduction of water meters. While physics can prove that elephants can in fact fly I think the probably amount of taxpayers that save any money with a water meter will be an extreme few. Sure higher water users will see an increase, but over all the citizens and taxpayers of Cornwall will be paying more for these services, and that overhead to implement them.
I don’t like this whole water meter program, and I think it should be stopped in the bud and be an election issue.
I haven’t spoken to that many people excited by the concept of water meters. In a time when we talk about bringing more people to Cornwall I think not having water meters is an attraction. We don’t face some of the water issues that some communities have. As a matter of fact we are exporting water to some nearby communities.
We have to cover our costs, but I just see this as a big fat money grab. There are ways of charging excessive users other than water meters, and frankly in some cities you lose half the water you pump via cracks in the lines through the city.
To me this is simply not having the cojones to tell the public we need more money for water & sewage, why we need more money, and how much we need and instead holding out the carrot that a few residents may save a few pennies.
Meanwhile almost all of Cornwall has to foot the bill to purchase and install these meters.
Let’s make this an election issue, and let’s have the public decide if they want water meters or not.
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