Friday, March 13, 2009

City offers incentive for homeowners to get water meters installed

Clout St:
Some Chicagoans with homes built before the mid-1970s could get city water meters installed free with a guarantee their bills won't rise beyond regular rate increases for seven years.

The offer was approved by a City Council committee today as part of a $15 million test program called MeterSave.

It's aimed at owners of single-family and two-flat homes in the Bunaglow Belt---21 wards along the city's western edge---where up to 20,000 meters would be installed, Water Management Commissioner John Spatz Jr. said.

Most major U.S. cities have water meters on all homes, but Chicago has long been an exception because of its proximity to Lake Michigan. Six years ago, Mayor Richard Daley signaled a move to universal metering to boost conservation.

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