The Garfield Water Department installed electronic water meters in the City for customers on the Garfield Water System in April 2019.
The new HYDRUS water meters by Diehl are based on ultrasonic technology, which enables accurate calculations of water usage. Due to the cost of these advanced water meters plus their installation, the Garfield City Council developed an ordinance to regulate the treatment of meters and associated components.
At the October meeting of the Garfield City Council the proposed ordinance concerning a fee schedule for the repair of damages to the new City water meters and their containers was introduced and read by title for the first time. The ordinance was read for the second time at the November City Council meeting. Mayor Gary Blackburn explained that damage to the endpoints of some of the new water meters was caused by lawnmowers.
On December 10, 2019, at the monthly meeting of the City Council, the proposed ordinance regarding damaged water meters was read for a third time. The ordinance was passed by the City Council in a unanimous vote.
The new ordinance, Ordinance 185, establishes fees for the repair or replacement of damaged electronic water meter components, and containers, when the damage is incurred “by the carelessness or negligence of any person, contractor, or company responsible.”
Anyone who willfully disregards any provision in Ordinance 185 is guilty of a misdemeanor, and, if convicted, may be fined up to $300.
To review the provisions of Ordinance 185, which establishes a fee schedule for the replacement of damaged water meter components, follow the link below.