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Spring Clearing...Keep Your Meter Clear

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It’s finally spring time, and this is a friendly reminder to make sure your water meter is kept clear.


Every three months our meter readers stop by your place to read your water meter. Yet, often times they encounter obstacles, mostly in the form of overgrown vegetation.


If your meter isn’t cleared, you’ll receive a friendly reminder in mail. If it continues to be inaccessible, you may be charged $80, if our staff needs to return to re-read or if we need to hire someone to remove the obstruction.


I have to admit to receiving such a friendly letter…we had moved to a new home, where the lush vegetation creeps over the meter every few months. We now try to be thoughtful, and make sure it’s kept clear.


Our meter readers have a hard enough job; they don’t need to deal with extra obstacles.


Here are a few other typical issues:

  • Garbage & recycling bins parked on top
  • Bark dust/mulch covering the meter
  • Paving – yes, meters get paved over!

The following photos demonstrate the do’s and don’t of keeping your meter clear.


Darcy Cronin

Community Involvement and Information

Don't let your meter become overgrown:

It is the property owner/customer's responsibility to keep meters clear.

Do check your water meter periodically to make sure it's still clear:

Keep plants, bark mulch, and garbage cans clear of your water meter.


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