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Sat, Feb. 22

Letter: Electronic meter readings inconsistent


It appears that the electronic water meters do not improve upon the consistency of meter-read dates for measuring water usage.

When readings are taken that vary more than a few days, it causes consumption rates to be billed at the next higher block rate.

Most people who must water outdoors use timers to control water use. When the meter reading is extended beyond a normal timeframe, it results in additional watering cycles. This causes a higher water use block rate, along with the attendant charges of taxes, alternate water sources, etc.

I called the water department and explained my problem; they understood my complaint and resolved the issue by adjusting my water use to the next lower block rate.

I am aware that many people are not sympathetic to keeping trees, both naturally occurring and cultivated, alive. There are benefits beyond the aesthetic in keeping trees alive. In many cases, the shade they provide can significantly reduce energy costs.

It should be noted that even when trees are allowed to perish, there are associated costs for cutting and removal that are substantial.

There are some who have wells and can use whatever amount of water they want, but because of restrictions, not everyone can have a well.

Returning to the main point of this letter, I appreciate the effort of the City of Prescott to fairly resolve my issue; however, I am still at a loss as to why a meter that can be read remotely from a central location cannot be read in a consistent and timely manner.

Bob Orlando


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