Title: Denver Metering Program Faces Little Resistance
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Title: Denver Metering Program Faces Little Resistance
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Language: English
Publisher: U.S. Water News
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Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
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Abstract: U.S. Water News Article November, 1986
General Note: Box 7, Folder 2 ( Vail Conference 1987 - 1987 ), Item 47
Funding: Digitized by the Legal Technology Institute in the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.
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Bibliographic ID: WL00000771
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: Levin College of Law, University of Florida
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Denver metering program
emb 196 faces little resistance


* DEMNIR, Colo. After more than
30) ye44e of public resistance to the
lin.-ta a on of water meters in Den-
ver residences, there has been
"b.irely a whimper" from 87.500 cus-
tomers now getting meters for the
fir-t time, said officials of the Denver
Water Board.
Part of the reason for the lack of
anticipated resistance, they pointed
out, might be the fact that the city
water department is paying meter
installation costs ranging from
$350 to $1,200 per home. But at the
same time, it is noted that the Den-
ver public seems to have a better un-
derstanding of water conservation,
and the need for metering.
"People seem to be understanding
that conservation of water is impor-
tant and also that metering might
actually save them money," said
Denver Water Board spokesman Ed
Reutz. At any rate, said Reutz, the
emotional and passionate outcry
that marked metering proposals of
the past "has turned into barely a
whimper now." He pointed out that
attendance at a series of public meet-


ings on the metering issue has been
"absolutely minimal."
In March, the Denrver Water Board
announced that in order to meet wa-
ter conservation goals for a reliable
supply over the next 50 years, it was
going to meter the city's 87,500 flat-
rate customers. On two previous oc-
casions, in 1977 and again in 1980,
the board had tried to meter existing
homes, but the plans were dropped
because of massive public resistance.
Opposition by Denver residents to
water metering is an issue that dates
back to the early 1950s. In 1953, the
Denver Water Board began metering
the city's businesses, but exempted
homes and churches. Four years la-
ter, a policy was established to meter
all new homes built within the city
limits, and in 1959, churches were
required to have meters.
Apparently, noted water board offi-
cials, the principal complaint by the
public in the past has been the cost of
the. meters. The 87,500 meters now
being installed will be financed from
revenues contributed by-all water
system users and new tap charges to
suburban developers.


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