New me­ters, old billing: changes in City water

The Avenue News - - FRONT PAGE - By MIA MCCASLIN mm­c­caslin@ches­pub.com

The De­part­ment of Pub­lic Works has in­stalled new water me­ters for its users both City and County wide.

Ac­cord­ing to Jef­frey Ray­mond of the De­part­ment of Pub­lic Works, the vast ma­jor­ity of County res­i­dents should have had their new me­ters in­stalled al­ready and data is be­ing re­trieved from these me­ters al­ready.

“Of course there will be some stra­glers,” said Ray­mond. “And com­mer­cial me­ters are of­ten in­stalled af­ter res­i­den­tial ones, but for the most part we’re done with that part of the process.”

“The me­ter in­stal­la­tion is brief and most cus­tomers never no­tice any im­pact,” Ray­mond men­tioned.

As a re­sult of these new Bal­time­ters, a new billing sys­tem has been im­ple­mented in the City of Bal­ti­more, but no billing changes have been made in the County as of yet.

Cur­rently, County res­i­dents re­ceive their bills quar­terly. Un­der Bal­time­ter Billing, City res­i­dents re­ceive a monthly bill which de­tails what money is owed based on the amount of water that the domi­cile used in a given month. This billing sys­tem may be ex­tended into Bal­ti­more County or a dif­fer­ent sys­tem may be im­ple­mented.

“Billing it­self has not and will not change yet,” said Ray­mond. Ac­cord­ing to Ray­mond, the City is still eval­u­at­ing what the best new billing cy­cle for the County will be.

“In the mean­time,” Ray­mond con­tin­ued. “We are not an­tic­i­pat­ing any no­tice­able changes.”

More will be shared as more in­for­ma­tion on the new water billing be­comes avail­able. Fol­low me on Twit­ter: @Mi­aMcCaslin

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF CRE­ATIVE COM­MONS

The City of Bal­ti­more pro­vides water and re­lated ser­vices for the city and sur­round­ing county.

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