From the Ask Joe file, a question from a viewer about water use.
Jon wrote in asking if the Truckee Meadows Water Authority is still allowing customers to pay a flat rate regardless of how much water they use?
Jon said that with this severe drought we are in, we need water meters to get people to conserve.
Joe spoke with Kim Meseres at the Truckee Meadows Water Authority. She said their board decided back in 2002 against a flat mandate, and instead only required homeowners to switch to water meters when they moved into a home. So if a home sold, a water meter is required at that point.
Back in 2002, more than 50 percent of TMWA customers were on a flat-rate system. Now, that number is down to seven percent, or about 6,200 customers.
So only a small percentage of people are still on the flat-rate system. And it is a priority for TMWA, because conservation is so critical these days.
If you would like to convert to a water meter, Meseres points out there is no charge. Just call TMWA at 775-834-8080, and they will take care of scheduling it.