Letters to the Editor

Let’s meter our water

We are new residents to New Westminster (my husband and myself), and imagine our surprise when the utility bill showed and we were charged the same amount for water, sewer, and garbage as a household of four or six.

The City of New Westminster recently delivered composting bins to all households in the city and one must assume from that they are thinking sustainability. So if sustainability is important in the city, why then would the water not be metered?

If water was metered, each household would be able to monitor their water use; therefore, having a reason to conserve water as they could control their usage and therefore their bill.

Surrey, Richmond and a number of other communities have started metering their water and the cities have found huge savings in their water consumption and therefore their purchase of the water. Metering water is a win for the city, a win for the residents, and a win for the environment.

Brenda Southam

New Westminster

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