It will cost less than a cup of coffee to have your phone notifiy you of any water billing issues.
Director of infrastructure management Richard Gagnon presented to council an option to speed up the water meter reading infrastructure upgrades at the Tuesday (Apr.23) meeting.
“City council has approved, basically, an expedited process for getting real time water metre readings. We’re building two towers in the city and this infrastructure will allow residents to see their water metre readings in real time on their phone,” said councillor Lisa Makin.
The project was originally expected to take seven to eight years, but will now be finished by 2021. The city started putting new receivers into homes last year and have 3800 more to go.
The app will provide users the option to set warning amounts and keep a closer eye on their immediate meter readings.
Councillor Deanna Lennox pointed out that hopefully this program will alleviate some anxiety the public has when it comes to utility bills.
“We chose to go with the accelerated time table, which will give that information into the hands of residents earlier at a pretty minimal cost really, I think it’s $1.15 extra on the bill,” said Lennox.
The motion to approve construction of two new towers that will send the data the App was carried unanimously.
The total project cost is roughly $2.5 million and will be funded through the utility reserve. The annual operating cost will be $187,000.

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