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Meter demand is
high in Denver
DENVER, Colo. So many people
have volunteered to have water me-
ters installed in their home plumb-
ing that the Denver Water
Department has a backlog of sites
waiting to be installed.
Rather than forcing meter installa-
tion upon the 87,500 homes built be-
fore 1957 in the core city, the Denver
Water Board decided in 1987 to see
how many people would sign up on
their own initiative. In that year, the.
Department's plumbing contractors
installed 6,200 meters. In 1988, the
city had placed 6,700 meters as of
Apparently, many people are see-
ing a decrease in their water bills
compared to the flat rate charged
prior to metering.
At the current rate, the program
will cover all unmetered houses in
10 years, instead of the 13 years ini-
tially planned. The program is ex-
pected to cost $40 million.
All homes built since 1957 have
had meters installed at the owner's
expense. But the Water Board for
years balked at forcing owners of
homes built before 1957 to pay for
their own meters