If the state tells Ti it must start using the meters to bill immediately upon installation, the board agreed to reject the grant and the meter proposal.
"We're concerned that there be no demands on us," Dedrick said. "We'll only use the meters for billing when we're ready, when people know what to expect."
Water customers in Ti now pay $322 a year. If meters are installed, Dedrick explained, eventually a per gallon rate will be established and customers will be billed only for the water they actually use.
Dedrick stressed the meters will not cost the town any money and, in fact, could save money.
The meters would be read electronically and would interface with the town's computerized billing system. The meters would also alert the town water department to any undetected leaks in the system.
Dedrick said the award is considered a "green grant."
"The intent of the program is to conserve 10-30 percent water," the supervisor said. "The feeling is that it'll not only save on water consumption, but there will be fewer chemicals used in treating water and less wastewater at the sewage treatment plant."