Baker water meters spur complaints
BAKER, La. (AP) - After years of using city-supplied water without giving much thought to the cost, some residents are keeping a closer eye on their utility bills now that the city has installed residential water meters for the first time in its history.
Mayor Harold Rideau tells The Advocate some residents also are finding they have water leaks on their properties that have probably existed for years.
Councilman Fred Russell says the city will inspect the meter if residents report a high bill.
The city received federal grants to install the meters, which transmit continuous updates on water consumption by radio signal to receivers on three water towers. The data are then relayed to a central point for collection by computers.