Waleska votes to fix faulty meters
by Michelle Babcock
March 21, 2014 04:00 AM | 1773 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
WALESKA — A problem that has drained away thousands of dollars from city water revenue in recent years could soon be repaired.

The Waleska City Council voted Monday to fix a number of faulty water meters in the city, which is expected to save the city thousands in lost revenue each year.

About eight large meters were found to be malfunctioning during an ongoing meter audit and have cost the city thousands in recent years, City Manager Aimee Abernathy said Monday at the council meeting. Some meters at residences were also found to be faulty.

Abernathy said two main water meters needed to be replaced, including the meter that measures usage at R. M. Moore Elementary School.

“We’ve billed R. M. Moore, since October of 2012, $1,700, when we should have actually billed them $7,636,” Abernathy said. “It’s pretty substantial, and the meter replacement cost is $5,400 for that one. So, we would make that money back in a year.”

Abernathy said the second highest priority meter is a more than two-decade-old meter at the Reinhardt University girl’s dorm.

“Replacement of that one is $1,400,” Abernathy said.

Multiple faulty water meters were found in the ongoing audit in Waleska, including large meters and smaller meters at houses.

Councilman Dennis Cochran said it made sense to spend the money now to fix the meters, so the city would not lose money in the future.

“We’re not making interest on any of that money, and at least here, we’re getting some return,” he said.

Other council members nodded and said they agreed.

Cochran made a motion to set aside $25,000 to replace and fix meters, and the council unanimously approved the expense.

Abernathy said the replacement meters could be in hand by April 1 and installed soon after to start charging city water customers the correct price for service.

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