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Water meter action likely by council in Westmorland

December 31, 2001|By MARIO RENTERIA, Staff Writer

WESTMORLAND — The City Council here on Wednesday is expected to take action on moving to a water meter system for residences and businesses to meet the requirements set by a federal grant.

The water meters would aid the city in conserving water.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which provided the city a grant for the building of its new water treatment plant, has mandated that the city install water meters to conserve water.

Mayor Henry Halcon said the council will discuss and possibly give permission to Public Works Director Joe Diaz to purchase the water meters.

Halcon said the council has already given Diaz permission to hire part-time help to install the meters.

Council members have not set a rate per usage for the meters.

In other city business, the council will hear updates on the sewer and water plants from city consultant Joel Hamby.

Hamby said Monday the two projects are ongoing, although the sewer plant is already treating water. The water plant isn't operational yet. Both plants still have some work to be done on them.


Hamby also said the city has enough funds to finish both projects.

>>Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3435.

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