Water meters fast-tracked/composters on offer

Kyra Hoggan
By Kyra Hoggan
March 23rd, 2011

The five-year timeline originally set out for installing water meters in Castlegar homes has now been reduced to three years, according to city councillor Kevin Chernoff.

  Chernoff said the abbreviated timeline will save the city time and money on the tendering process, as well as reducing contractor costs by purchasing quantity. Since the program’s beginning in 2008, water meters have been installed in 554 existing homes, 85 new homes, and at 136 industrial/commercial locations. There are 1,975 meters left to be installed.  Chernoff said, though, that the city won’t yet be ready to begin billing based on meter readings for roughly another year after installations are complete.  During that time, he said, the city will issue “mock bills”, allowing residents to get a sense of their water consumption, and to help them understand the new metering system.  In related news, Chernoff also said the city will once again be offering subsidized composters for sale this spring, taking orders in April for pick-up at the Garden and Nature Fest May 14.  “I think this is the third year we’ve done this, and we always sell out, so we’ve doubled the number of composters we’ll have available, from 50 to 100,” he said. For more information, contact city hall at 250-365-7227 or visit www.castlegar.ca

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