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City council has approved it, but an $80 fee to read the water meter is excessive, says Councillor James Pasternak.
Jessica Annis, who doesn't want the city to install a smart water meter in her home, holds up a no trespassing sign. She wants to continue to report the numbers for her meter readings herself.
By: Paul Moloney City Hall Bureau reporter,
Published on Thu Jun 26 2014
The City of Toronto will soon start charging $80 to manually read water meters of customers who refuse new wireless meters. Based on three readings a year, that’s an extra $240.
At least 3,341 customers who don’t want the smart meters that automatically transmit readings are being warned by the city they could also be fined up to $50,000 and have their water cut off.
While objectors want to continue sending in their readings, Toronto Water notes the new program as approved by city council is mandatory for all customers.
The city should try to accommodate people rather than slap them with a “draconian” $80 non-compliance fee, said Councillor James Pasternak.
“This is really a far reach for big government to be coming down so hard on homeowners,” he said.
The city’s water department expects to save $5 million annually by getting rid of manual meter readings.
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