New meters, old billing: changes in City water
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.”
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The City of Baltimore provides water and related services for the city and surrounding county.