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Poway Considering Digital Tracking Of Residential Water Users

 

Last updated 7/31/2015 at 2:54pm



Although Poway reached a 45 percent reduction in water use in May compared to the same month in 2013, the city council is considering digital software to track water accounts, similar to something being done in Santa Monica. City management analyst Alex Heide calls the program “a fail safe, in case the numbers start trending in the wrong direction, and ultimately we’re not meeting that allocation mandated by the state.” Cities that don’t meet the conservation mandates could pay $10,000 a day in state fines. This is one way those cities could pass on the cost to their noncompliant customers. The city council has yet to give the final okay to the digital tracking that is being framed as a teaching opportunity for residents to monitor their own accounts online. Reminders in water bills might then be sent to those who fall short of the saving goals. If the reminders fail to affect the readings of noncompliant customers, fines could be determined by the council.

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