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Westmorland will install water meters in a conservation move

January 03, 2002|By MARIO RENTERIA, Staff Writer

WESTMORLAND — The City Council here agreed to purchase and install water meters to help conserve water in the city.

The council voted to purchase 630 residential water meters and an additional 45 commercial meters from U.S. Filter of Palm Desert for about $135,000.

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.

The council has given the go-ahead to city Public Works Director Joe Diaz to have his department install the meters once they arrive. City consultant Joel Hamby said the meters will arrive in about a month.

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City Clerk Sally Traylor said six people from the community will be hired part-time specifically to install the meters.

Hamby said the meters will be in place in about three to four months but said she is unsure if they will be used immediately or if the city will wait until the water plant is fully operational.

Rates for the new water system have not been set.

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

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