Letter – Stands to reason, get free water

Letter to the editor from the May 14, 2014 Grand Forks Gazette.

Having viewed the Grand Forks Water Conservation Plan (final report dated April 2010 by Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd.), I discovered the following: “ICI USAGE:Currently the city supplies three large industrial customers and 194 multi-family, commercial, institutional clients with water. All customers are metered, and are billed on a bi-monthly basis.”According to city staff, some water connections to the large industrial clients may not be metered (emphasis added). If this is the case, service connections that are not metered should be retrofitted with meters.”Bylaw 1822 section 19 explains the details.“19.  The city shall require the installation of a water meters for all existing commercial properties to connect to the City of Grand Forks water system. The city shall supply the customer with the meter and pay for the installation. If a commercial property requests more than one meter, the city shall pay the cost of the meter, or meters and the commercial property shall pay for such use, as specified in Schedule B of the bylaw.“The city shall require the installation of water meters for all existing major industrial customers, as defined under the BC Assessment Act, on the City of Grand Forks water system. The city shall supply the customer with the meter. The installation of the meter will be at the customer’s cost, and will be completed within three months of receiving the meter from the city. The city shall fix rates to be paid for such use, as specified in Schedule B of the Water Regulations and Rates Bylaw.” As city staff has given no reassurance that the aforementioned retrofitting has taken place, it stands to reason that residential customers will also be entitled to free water once their meters are installed.  Julia Butler,Grand Forks

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