By ROBERT S. MERRILL
A decision to continue year-round metering of all outside-city-limit water connections will be made at the Preston Council’s meeting on Dec. 23.
In recent months the council passed an ordinance to meter all these connections on a 12-month basis. Within city limits, water meters are only read from April through October. A base rate is charged to city water users during winter months.
Councilman Todd Thomas said the outside water connections are charged on a year-round metered basis and he is, “uncomfortable with the high bills for some.”
Resident Robert Swainston, who operates a dairy farm just outside the northeastern city limits, said he has no problem with the city metering those on city water outside of the city during the spring, summer and fall.
“Excess culinary water from the city’s Bergquist Springs during winter months is dumped into irrigation reservoirs. To me it makes no sense to meter water usage for these residents in the winter when demand is low and the extra water is being put into irrigation reservoirs,” he said.
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