PICTOU – A little more than 300 homes have yet to be hooked to water meters in the Town of Pictou.
Town CAO Scott Conrod said the company installing the new water meters has about 318 homes to connect before everyone is on board.
“It’s about 70 per cent complete,” he said. “We need some better weather so the guys can get under these homes.”
Conrod said some people have refused to let Neptune Technology Group carry out the installation and letters have been sent out informing homeowners that the meters are mandatory and must be installed before the company finishes the project.
“If the meters aren’t installed on homes by the time Neptune is done then the work will be done at the homeowner’s expense,” he said, adding if the meter is installed by Neptune while it is still working in the area, the town covers the cost.
Homeowners not hooked up have been given both registered and hand-delivered letters to ensure they are aware that they could be facing extra costs if they don’t agree to water meter hookup by Neptune, he said.
A total of 1,400 water meters are being installed on homes in the town. The meters are being installed on an area-by-area basis.
The town believes the meters will help the Pictou Water Utility reduce water production from its 13 wells by 15 to 20 per cent. The meters will also help the utility identify leaks in the system at a much faster rate and promote more responsible and sustainable use of water by its customers.
Currently, the town is billing residents for water on a quarterly flat-rate basis. Once the town constructs a new water treatment plant, residential customers will be billed based on their water consumption and commercial customers will continue to be billed on metered rates.