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Opt-out policy for smart water meters

Postby Shorty » Wed Oct 03, 2012 8:44 am

To have the meter outside will cost $50 to $58 per month which is $600 to $696 per year. That's a lot.

http://madisonnearwest.channel3000.com/ ... ter-meters
Council approves opt-out policy for new water meters

"Residents have the option to pay an extra $50 a month to have the meter outside. And if people don't want the smart water meter on their property, they will have to pay $8 a month to have someone come out and check their readings...
Residents who want to opt-out must call the opt-out line at 608-264-5323."
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Re: Opt-out policy for smart water meters

Postby Mean Scenester » Wed Oct 03, 2012 8:48 am

Sounds about right to me. You have a right to be a paranoid NIMBY pain in the ass. For a fee.

p.s. An aluminum foil helmet and a Faraday cage for your canary will run you a lot less over the long haul.
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Re: Opt-out policy for smart water meters

Postby Shorty » Wed Oct 03, 2012 8:59 am

if we want no change to our meter the fee should be $0. We shouldn't be penalized for keeping it.
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Re: Opt-out policy for smart water meters

Postby snoqueen » Wed Oct 03, 2012 10:08 am

But it's less clear that people who keep their old meters shouldn't have to pay extra for the meter-reader to drive out and make a personal visit every month, long after the rest of the neighborhood is on the new system.
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Re: Opt-out policy for smart water meters

Postby fennel » Wed Oct 03, 2012 10:58 am

Well, they could stick to the six-month rotation which wouldn't impose much additional cost.
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Re: Opt-out policy for smart water meters

Postby Mean Scenester » Wed Oct 03, 2012 1:04 pm

Shorty wrote:if we want no change to our meter the fee should be $0. We shouldn't be penalized for keeping it.

The way I read that article, you're only penalized $8 a month for someone to come read your meter.

If you want the smart meter outside your home because you fear the technology due to your complete ignorance, they'll charge you $50 to install it away from your precious (albeit likely already damaged beyond repair) noggin.

Of course, the article was written by the Channel3000 Web Staff, so sounding out the words as they were written to form "context" and "meaning" may be pure folly on my part.
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Re: Opt-out policy for smart water meters

Postby Wino » Wed Oct 03, 2012 5:34 pm

Besides the tin-foil set, what other types of people may want to opt out of the install to avoid a tech poking around in their basements? Hoarders, owners of 100 cats, basement hydroponic "gardeners", etc.
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Re: Opt-out policy for smart water meters

Postby Dairylander » Thu Oct 04, 2012 9:58 am

I just spoke with the city water people.
That $50 per month is incorrect.
If you don't want the new meter inside your house, you can have it installed on the outside of your house for a ONE TIME fee of $50.
If you don't want a smart meter at all, you'll pay $8 per month.
She also added that this a just the draft, that the Public Service Commission has the final say.
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Re: Opt-out policy for smart water meters

Postby Prof. Wagstaff » Thu Oct 04, 2012 11:11 am

Shorty wrote:if we want no change to our meter the fee should be $0. We shouldn't be penalized for keeping it.


Fee and penalty are not synonyms.
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Re: Opt-out policy for smart water meters

Postby Stebben84 » Thu Oct 11, 2012 10:15 am

They just installed my new smart meter. Within 1 minute I pissed myself, forgot my name, and now have a tumor. I shudder to think what will happen when I get my first MONTHY bill. Oh, the horror.
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Re: Opt-out policy for smart water meters

Postby Marvell » Fri Oct 12, 2012 10:30 am

Stebben84 wrote:Within 1 minute I pissed myself, forgot my name, and now have a tumor.


How do we know you wouldn't have done that anyway?
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Re: Opt-out policy for smart water meters

Postby Stebben84 » Fri Oct 12, 2012 10:49 am

Marvell wrote:
Stebben84 wrote:Within 1 minute I pissed myself, forgot my name, and now have a tumor.


How do we know you wouldn't have done that anyway?


You just broke my brain.
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Re: Opt-out policy for smart water meters

Postby doppel » Fri Oct 12, 2012 11:05 am

Mayor Paul has just figured out a way to sqeeze a few more nickels out of everyone who is late on payment. The penalty will be imposed on a monthly basis, not every six months. Kind of tough on those people who are just sqeaking by, but what the hell(diabolical laughter), Paul will just "charge his" on autopay. Bill Dyke is smiling.
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Re: Opt-out policy for smart water meters

Postby Stebben84 » Fri Oct 12, 2012 12:07 pm

doppel wrote:Kind of tough on those people who are just sqeaking by


I'm just squeaking by and it's going to be a whole hell of a lot easier for me to pay monthly then get nailed every 6 months.

doppel wrote:Mayor Paul has just figured out a way to sqeeze a few more nickels out of everyone who is late on payment.


For fuck sake, these smart meters are being implemented across the country. It's called technology. I'm no fan of the mayor, but your conspiracy is silly.
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Re: Opt-out policy for smart water meters

Postby Stu Levitan » Fri Oct 12, 2012 1:04 pm

Stebben84 wrote: For fuck sake, these smart meters are being implemented across the country. It's called technology. I'm no fan of the mayor, but your conspiracy is silly.


Part of the Recovery and Reinvestment Act, aren't they?
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