Water Meter Error - Pleasanton residents
Original post made by Resident, Vintage Hills Elementary School, on Oct 29, 2009
In my case, the letter states that the city water meter charge does not agree with the actual size of the water meter installed at my home. My home is over 15 years old. I am the third owner. This correction increases the rate from $15.70 to $39.25 - not an insignificant increase. My understanding from the city is that this error affects somewhere between 500 and 1000 homes in Pleasanton. That's a pretty big number and range. How do they know there's that many homes affected but can't pinpoint it more closely than +/- 500? It just doesn't sound right.
My understanding, again from the city, is that this larger meter that was installed has nothing to do with water usage - I've still paid the correct dollar for any individual water usage. It is for the "potential" to have more water pressure if needed for an inside fire sprinkler system - which I do have.
I have been a resident of Pleasanton for 20 years and do not wish to wage a war....but it's the principal of the situation. When I bought the home 7 years ago there was no mention of an error -nothing in the title search - so I bought the home with the stated city amenities and charges that were in effect. Why should I, or anyone else, be "surprised" now.
It seems odd to me that so many homes could have this same error made. Is the City sure there wasn't an "agreement" in effect at the time the homes were built. Perhaps an "agreement" with developers to entice them to install home fire sprinklers in their plans. Perhaps they automatically installed larger meters to accommodate fire sprinklers at the lower rate? That would make sense seeing that so many homes are affected. However if that happened to be the case, it should not be passed on to residents 15 years later.
I don't mean to be nasty - but this is no small increase on top of the property taxes and city service fees I already pay. It smells to me like the city has decided to come up with a way to increase revenue in this tight econmic time. I'd be interested in comments on this particular topic.