City of Grovetown to install thousands of new water meters

The city of Grovetown has been dealing with complaints about its water systems for a while, but they may be a step closer to a solution with thousands of new water meters.
The city of Grovetown has been dealing with complaints about its water systems for a while, but they may be a step closer to a solution with thousands of new water meters.

GROVETOWN, Ga (WJBF)- Councilman Eric Blair has reached on to NewsChannel 6 with a correction. He says the meters will actually cost around $300,000 rather than around $3 million.

GROVETOWN, Ga. (WJBF)- The city of Grovetown has been dealing with complaints about its water systems for a while, but they may be a step closer to a solution with thousands of new water meters.

“We ordered 2,200 of the new RFID meters,” said Councilman Eric Blair. “They will be systematically replaced within the city of Grovetown over the next 12 to 18 months.”

RFID stands for Radio-Frequency Identification, which are more accurate and efficient, Mayor Gary Jones says.

A civil suit has been brought against the city for allegedly mishandling water billing. Mayor Jones says a report by the Georgia Municipal Association did find flaws in how the city handles its water processing.

“That review has came back. It found some faults, but nothing indicating that it was some criminal activity involved,” he said at a hearing for that suit several weeks ago. “Just a lot of procedural type problems that we are working on now.”

Mayor Jones was not at the advisory board meeting Monday, but he did post about the new meters on social media.

“We are striving to improve and better serve our citizens,” his Facebook post said.

But the new meters won’t be cheap.

“If I remember correctly, the meters were about $1500 a piece,” Blair said.

If that figure is correct, the price tag comes out to $3.3 million.

Residents at the meeting Monday night weren’t phased.

“I guess we could use new meters,” said Grovetown resident Tamara Cochrane.

Residents will not be charged additional installation fees, according to Councilman Eric Blair.

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