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.
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.