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Old 04-19-2011, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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I live in a single family home in Hyde Park. I am getting calls from the Water Dept. asking me to schedule a time to have a water meter installed. Once it is installed, the meter will be read once per month. Our water usage is currently estimated based on house size.

Have any of you switched to the wireless meter? If so, what change did you see in your monthly water bill?
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Old 04-19-2011, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Hoyvík, Faroe Islands
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There are a lot of complaints about the accuracy of the wireless meters and you may be over charged. Unless you are certain your water use is far below what they estimate, I wouldn't suggest having one installed. If you do, you had best count the drops and be strict with their estimates. Balance the books so to speak.
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Old 04-19-2011, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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I live in a single family home in Hyde Park. I am getting calls from the Water Dept. asking me to schedule a time to have a water meter installed. Once it is installed, the meter will be read once per month. Our water usage is currently estimated based on house size.

Have any of you switched to the wireless meter? If so, what change did you see in your monthly water bill?
We had one of these meters installed at our house last summer. It actually turned out great for us. Previously, our bills were all estimated and we were paying about $24 each time we were billed. Apparently, our actual use is much lower and we ended up with a credit balance of $180-ish. It's been 8 months and we've still got a credit of $128, so it's going to be awhile before we have to pay anything for water again.

I'm still shocked that we ended up with a credit like that; I figured the city would just pocket the extra money and start us off at a $0 balance. I guess it shocks me anytime anything government related is honest though.
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Old 10-13-2011, 09:20 AM
 
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If water meters installed in residential Chicago homes is such a great idea, why 360K "no takers"?
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Old 10-13-2011, 07:21 PM
 
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If water meters installed in residential Chicago homes is such a great idea, why 360K "no takers"?
In 2010, the city offered a property tax rebate. If you were a homeowner, all you had to do was fill out a claim form and mail it in and you got free money from the city. Only about 20,000 of 200,000 eligible households bothered according to this article:
Few Chicago residents apply for property tax relief | abc7chicago.com

That involved just filling out a form. This involves letting someone mess around with your plumbing and the fear that you could end up with higher bills.

Not everyone will save money, of course. In my neighborhood, from April 1 to November 1, almost everyone waters their lawns a minimum of three hours a day, 7 days a week. Even if there is standing water from severe thunderstorms, they water their lawns. And they always place their sprinklers so that a third of the water goes on the sidewalk, a third runs down the street to the sewers, and maybe a third falls on any grassy area. (Lots of fun trying to walk down the sidewalk.) These people are going to suffer greatly if they get meters. And these people will also suffer reduced property values because other lawn-watering fanatics are not going to want to buy metered properties.
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Old 10-14-2011, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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If somebody has experience with changing meters rather than speculation then that would be really cool.
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Old 10-14-2011, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Chicago - Logan Square
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If somebody has experience with changing meters rather than speculation then that would be really cool.
Nikitakolata gave direct experience above ^^^

There are a number of people in this Everyblock thread that also report direct experience with the meters, and they all saved money as well. I know about a dozen or so people who've switched to the meter and are being billed less. I've never heard of anyone complaining that they're paying more.
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Old 10-14-2011, 12:51 PM
 
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First hand experience - After the installation, I didn't pay a water bill for about a year as my credits paid for my measly ~$15-20 bill. Unless you have a pool or host a neighborhood carwash with your hose you will amost 100% save money. A lot of money.

Just do a simple satelite view of various Chicago neighborhoods and see how many people have pools in their backyard. If you're not on a personalized use meter, you're subsidizing every resident that has a pool.
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Old 10-14-2011, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Nort Seid
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Not everyone will save money, of course. In my neighborhood, from April 1 to November 1, almost everyone waters their lawns a minimum of three hours a day, 7 days a week. Even if there is standing water from severe thunderstorms, they water their lawns. And they always place their sprinklers so that a third of the water goes on the sidewalk, a third runs down the street to the sewers, and maybe a third falls on any grassy area. (Lots of fun trying to walk down the sidewalk.) These people are going to suffer greatly if they get meters. And these people will also suffer reduced property values because other lawn-watering fanatics are not going to want to buy metered properties.


Can you tell us where you live so we can carpet bomb the area? We'll give you a head's up, of course.

Seriously, those idiots who leave sprinklers on the sidewalk should all be drop-shipped 10 miles outside of Vegas and made to walk in. Then they can start learning the value of water.
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Old 10-14-2011, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Tower Grove East, St. Louis, MO
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Can you tell us where you live so we can carpet bomb the area? We'll give you a head's up, of course.

Seriously, those idiots who leave sprinklers on the sidewalk should all be drop-shipped 10 miles outside of Vegas and made to walk in. Then they can start learning the value of water.
True story! I can't even imagine running a sprinkler at this time of year.
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