Strathroy-Caradoc raises fees for manual water meter reading

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STRATHROY – The municipality is continuing its efforts to replace water meters throughout Strathroy-Caradoc by increasing the price for manual readings.

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A motion was passed at the May 16 council meeting increasing the monthly meter fee to $105 for those who have not upgraded to the new meters.

According to public works director Jake Straus, about 60 meters still need to be replaced in Strathroy-Caradoc.

The water meter replacement project started in 2019 and the newly replaced meters are equipped with electronic transmitters that allow remote reading.

Straus said the manual reading process is “time-consuming and labor-intensive,” while newly upgraded meters allow readings to be taken across the municipality in days.

“With the remaining 60, we ride everywhere,” Straus said. “They are not just in one street, they are scattered everywhere. Travel time and rising fuel prices don’t make things any easier.

“With the new counter system, you can pick it up anywhere within a mile,” he continued. “It only takes a few days, if that, to read everyone in Strathroy-Caradoc.”

The $105 fee increase comes after a council decision at the April 19, 2021 council meeting to begin charging a $75 metering fee to those who had not authorized access to their meters for upgrades. At that time, there were approximately 610 meters in Strathroy-Caradoc that had not yet been upgraded.

“In order to complete this program, it appears that a more stringent approach will need to be taken with the remaining accounts,” a May 16 report to the board said.

As part of the motion passed at the May 16 meeting, council also approved a plan that would impose a $500 fine on those who failed to improve by August 1 and turn off the water to properties that don’t. were not improved before September 1st.

“We don’t want to go there,” Straus said. “That’s why we’re trying to move forward with this process of increasing water tariffs for users who haven’t changed.”

“People have been paying the extra $75 per read for over a year now,” Coun said. Frank Kennes. “It’s obviously not about the money, so it just has to be done.”

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