Faulty water meters siphon big dollars from city coffers

Meter Supervisor Dobie Archer registers a new meter to be installed as part of Grenada Water and Sewer’s efforts to upgrade its meter system.

Staff Writer

   Many of the city’s water meters are either inoperative or malfunctioning, and the water superintendent says the city needs a plan to address the situation.
   “I want to be clear.  I’m not advocating for any particular company or even any brand or type of meter, but I know that we need to change out many of these meters because they’re old, and because we’re losing revenue,” said Dale Ratliff, who took over the top spot at Grenada Water and Sewer in February.
   Ratliff answered questions from the Grenada City Council on Nov. 7. He said the city needs to implement a strategy for updating its hardware.
   According to Ratliff, some 1,100 meters, out of 8,500 on the system, are showing zero usage each month.
   That means that the city is earning $5.65 off the defective meters each pay cycle. That’s the rate the city charges for water up to 2,000 gallons. The price then goes up to $3.36 for each additional 1,000 gallons.

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