Water meters required by 2025 in Minden
Water meters will be required by 2025 on all homes tapping into the Town’s water, the Minden Town Board decided Wednesday night.
“This universal metering program will require a meter be purchased for new construction, and in the case of existing homes without meters, on or before the closing of escrow of sale of the home to a new owner or by Jan. 1, 2025, whichever comes first,” according to the Town’s Water Conservation Plan.
A minimum of 100 meters will be installed per year until the project is complete.
According to Town documents, it is expected that metering — without rate changes — would reduce water consumption by about 10 percent.
Discussion regarding a metering program began more than a decade ago and the Water Conservation Plan was adopted last year. However, this year the Valley is flush with water, as it experienced one of the wettest winters in area history. With 18.22 inches so far this water year, the Valley is at 251.7 percent of normal water-year-to-date precipitation. The water year runs through Oct. 1.
In other business, the board unanimously voted to increase retail water rates for residential customers by no more than 5 percent.
According to documents provided by the Town, water use by the town’s residential customers is down, but expenses continue to increase by 2.5-3 percent annually.
The retail rate for customers will be $91.15 per quarter.
The last time the Town raised water rates was 2009.
Commercial customers are not impacted by the change.
The board also agreed to raise the town’s garbage rates for residential and commercial customers by no more than 10 percent. Residential rates for basic service will be $63.80 per quarter and commercial business will pay $31.80 per month for a can $32.50 for a 3-yard dumpster.
In addition, the cost for an extra can will increase from $3.90 to $7.