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GF ponders the water meter hold outs

The city of Grand Forks remains open to citizen’s ideas on how to deal with those who refuse a water meter.

Most homes now have one (70% already installed with another 14% to come) but over 260 residents refuse.

Some options for the city include installing an exterior meter and billing the homeowners, or offering an opt out , but that would almost certainly mean a much higher flat water rate for those people.

Mayor Frank Konrad says he wants to see more ideas.

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The city also knows if some residents are given the chance to opt out others who have already accepted a meter may want to do the same.

However that could compromise the whole point of the meters which is to conserve water and ensure the highest users pay the most.

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