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Wbg. residents to pay $500 fee if they don’t install new water meters soon

Warrensburg Water Department employee Tracy Benoit installs a new water meter Aug. 9 in the basement of Regina Porter’s house. Sixty percent of the households in the Warrensburg Water District have not yet had new water meters installed, and they face a $500 charge if they don’t make an appointment to have a water meter installed by Sept. 1. Water customers that had water meters installed from the early 1990s through 2010 should have their meters replaced with a new model.

Warrensburg Water Department employee Tracy Benoit installs a new water meter Aug. 9 in the basement of Regina Porter’s house. Sixty percent of the households in the Warrensburg Water District have not yet had new water meters installed, and they face a $500 charge if they don’t make an appointment to have a water meter installed by Sept. 1. Water customers that had water meters installed from the early 1990s through 2010 should have their meters replaced with a new model. Photo by Thom Randall.

— After the 673 remaining households are converted to water meters, this drastic reduction in water consumption is expected to increase, generating further savings for all residents and businesses in the water district, Geraghty said.

Commercial properties have already complied with the mandate to have water meters installed, and that conversion effort is complete. The commercial water customers are now being billed by usage.

The new billing system is set to start in September, with households to be billed $195 for the first 20,000 gallons, plus $1.95 for every 1,000 gallons over 20,000 gallons used, according to plans, Combs said.

Water district superintendent Thomas Belden noted that the average water consumption per person in the U.S. is 100 gallons per day per person.

The average customer of the Warrensburg Water district, residential and commercial combined, uses 88,592 gallons per year, according to figures provided by the town.

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