Bylaw enforcement looms for new automated water meters
TORONTO – Toronto homeowners and businesses who have yet to install or upgrade to the city’s new automated water meters could face stiff penalties as the bylaw enforcement deadline looms.
The city began the process of changing the water meters in 2010 and the plan was to complete the installation across all wards in six years.
So far, ward 6, 10, 13, 14, 16-24, 26-34, and 36 have been “considered complete.”
Anyone in those wards who have not had their water meters replaced by July 1 may face fines of up to $50,000.
In addition, customers with an existing meter will be charged a manual meter reading fee of $80 per reading and flat rate water customers will be charged a Legacy fee of $1,020 per year.
The new water meter, which the city installs for free, will collect and transmit data remotely, therefore eliminating the need for staff to enter people’s homes.
The program is mandatory and it takes 30 to 90 minutes for the installation process.
Customers are encouraged to book an appointment as soon as they receive their orange booklet in the mail.