If it is truly more efficient and saves taxpayer money, I am all in favor of the change.
1. Nothing here mentioned overcharging. The most common billing error happens when the city can't read your meter for some reason and estimates the usage. Eventually, an actual reading is taken and the account is adjusted. Meters that are more efficient don't mean that you've been overcharged already. Statistics show that most public utility billing undercharges around 10% per year.2. The meters don't change water rates. They simply record usage. Yes, more accurately and more detail than before - but just usage. If the city ever decides to implement variable water rates based on time, amounts, etc. - you can bet there will be a full house at the council meeting. This comment is just crying wolf...3. Don't know the answer for the exact model being installed, but most meters now have batteries that last 5-20 years AND there are some units that don't require batteries at all. Good question tho.
It would be nice to have more public information on this project. Are we just implementing wireless meters that require city employees to drive around to collect the data, or are we moving to a complete wireless system where the data is collected wirelessly through an established network? If not the latter, why not?
When this program was introuced to Council (6?) months ago a citizen (who appeared very knowledgeable) noted that the down side to these meters is the battery feature. Each meter operates on a battery which my must be replaced. Was that problem solved?
With the good things come bad things. What they don't tell you is the meters can change water rates due to time of day or usage. So when it is time to water your grass or take showers, the water may cost more. While the comment would probably be made that the city does not plan to use these features, one usually finds it will eventually be used the next time the city wants more money.
Since you are basically telling me that our city has been over charging me for years, are they going to repay these over charges?