Letter to the Editor: Misinformation being spread

There seems to be some misunderstanding or misinformation being spread about the water meters being installed in Grand Forks.

There seems to be some misunderstanding or misinformation being spread about the water meters being installed in Grand Forks. Here are the hard facts, validated by the website references published by the city itself:

1) The RF (radio frequency) meter currently being installed in Grand Forks by Neptune is the model R900i. (“…is the preference of the city for installation. The R900i E-coder equipment …) http://www.grandforks.ca/waterconservation/


2) A previous letter to the editor claimed that the meter only transmits when it is being read by the city. This is not true. This meter continually transmits a powerful burst every 14 seconds, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. (“…The R900MIU is a … communication device that transmits data every 14 seconds…”) http://www.grandforks.ca/wp-content/uploads/E-Coder-R900i.pdf

These are the facts. Grand Forks residents are entitled to know the truth about these meters.

Transmitting high power RF signals continually is ridiculously excessive, dangerous, and now antiquated technology; these meters pose a potential health risk to one and all. This meter was an extremely poor choice for city council to have made.

Don Lea, Grand Forks, B.C.



Just Posted

‘Farm the Kootenays’ creates supportive community

Helping hobbyists and serious producers alike, the Facebook group has grown to nearly 12,000 members

Who will fill the Greyhound void in the Kootenays?

Minister Conroy, MLA for Kootenay West sees opportunity for local operators

Equipment lost in arson at Greenwood landfill

The cost of replacing equipment is expected to be significant.

What you see …

If you have a recent photo to share email editor@trailtimes.ca

Updated: Coroner investigating death of Trail man

A complicated recovery was required for a man who died in a fall above the Trail hospital

Here’s what you need to know about Day 2 at the BC Games

From equestrian to volleyball to swimming, all 18 events in full swing here in the Cowichan Valley

From hot dog to not dog: stuffed toy prompts car break in

Victoria couple said dog toy had been in the backseat for 18 years without problems

VIDEO: Open water swimming from B.C. to Washington in 24 hours

The swim will take a full day, meaning Susan Simmons will be swimming in the black of night

Cigarette packs with graphic images, blunt warnings are effective: focus groups

Warnings considered effective flag ailments smoking can cause, like colorectal and stomach cancers

Canada’s title hopes quashed at Rugby Sevens World Cup in San Francisco

On the men’s side, Canada was eliminated in the round of 16 as they were shut out by Argentina 28-0

‘We are doing the right thing:’ Protesters dig in at anti-pipeline camp

B.C. Supreme Court ruled in March that both the camp and a nearby watch house could remain in place

Astronaut drops in on Kraftwerk gig, plays duet from space

Alexander Gerst becomes an astronaut musician with live performance from International Space Station

BC Wildfire update on Okanagan blazes

Watch the media briefing on the current fire situation in the Okanagan.

RCMP help to save goats from wildfire

The fast-approaching wildfire, sparked Thursday, forced the evacuation of five homes

Most Read