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Here are those links, Pam:
Pine water doubles taxes, boosts water rate 33%
by Pete Aleshire
P-S will start drilling for water near Milk Ranch Well
by Max Foster
Milk Ranch Well purchase gets final approval
by Max Foster
Five Pine-Strawberry board members resign
by Pete Aleshire
Milk Ranch Well needs filter after all
by Max Foster
Tom, there is very little content about meters in this article. What prompted you to suggest reading this particular one?
Pat, I totally agree with you that after paying high fees for these water meters, they should become homeowners' property. However, as painful and unfair as it may seem, the meters belong to the water company. My understanding is that we are supposedly paying for the installation, service and privilege of having and using the water meter on our property. As a property owner, we are responsible for the remainder of the pipework from the meter to our home as well as ensuring that it is protected from damage and accessible for reading.
Bernice, from what I understand, the plastic meters will last 10-15 yrs as is the same with the other meters. The cost of the plastic meters wasn't even one of the considerations - this answer was given from CH2MHill when asked why we didn't consider plastic meters. Again, if plastic meters had been chosen, the cost savings would have been approx. $30,000. In reference to the meter connections, the new meter needs to connect to existing pipe connections on the customers property. Again, from what I understand, should be adjusted on the customer pipe side - not by altering the new meter which nullifies the warrantee. Since it has been painfully discovered that the water lines can be multiple sizes, this would be the reason for one-size-DOESN'T-fit-all problem. When installing the meters to a pipe that doesn't fit the options are 1. to fit the pipe to the new meter or 2. fit the meter to the pipe. It takes less time to fit the new meter to the pipe. You can make the deductions from there. Some members of PSWID had been promising the new meter installation to be completed by the end of this year. This information has been received from the actual CH2MHill (PSWID management company) hired help doing the installations. Also, some of the parts of the new meters discarded also have been obtained from the actual workers. The workers did not take it on themselves to make these decisions - they were directed to do so. As well, the information about the recycling was obtained from workers who were told to just keep the old meter after the new meter installation and that it's just part of their work. The monies from recycling the metals from the old meters could be significant to add back to the PSWID funds.
Thanks for the details, Pam. As you said, PSWID was determined to fix the leaks that affected the PSWID revenue and that the leakage was the reason for the installation of the new meters. I hope CH2MHill is as determined to fix the leaks their workers caused with the faulty installation. It's the PSWID CUSTOMERS who are now paying for the leaks per the report. A big savings to the community would have been through the PSWID consideration of high grade plastic meters saving the community over $30,000. The proposed meter recycling project doesn't seem to be supervised very closely when workers are taking home old meters and giving them away. Through recycling of these old meters there would be thousands of dollars to at least help replenish the budget.
Life is so complicated, the hustle and bustle of everyday traumas can make us lose focus about what is truly important in our lives. This week, be sure to give your loved ones an extra hug, and by all means, take a moment... to stop and smell the roses. Happy Thanksgiving and God Bless!
Ric, Ron has commented before to my posts with negativity and condemnation. Thanks for sharing your clarity. He may be a little more willing to listen what you have to offer. I will leave it to you.
Bernice, I so wish that there was a shred of hope for civility. However, from what I see and hear, sorry, it's gone.
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