The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities has begun its 2013 Residential Dual Meter Service for BPU water and wastewater customers to help reduce sewer bills for outside watering needs.
For the 11th year, the utility provides this service for BPU residential water and wastewater customers whose accounts are current.
A dual meter attaches to an outside house spigot on one end and to a garden hose on the other end. The meter calculates how much water is used from the spigot. The dual meter measures only amounts of water used.
The program runs in monthly increments for ease of billing from May 1 through Sept. 30. An initial deposit of $50 is required when the customer picks up the meter. The deposit will be refunded to the customer's water account after the program ends Sept.30 and after the dual water meter has been returned to BPU Customer Service.
To participate in the Residential Dual Meter Program, a customer must have both water and sewer service through the Jamestown BPU. Due to the limited number of dual meters, only one meter is allowed per residential customer.
The customer's water account will be charged a fee of $7.50 for the first month the customer has the dual meter. The customer will be charged $2 for each month beyond the first month that the dual meter is used. At the end of the program, the customer's sewer credit will be calculated and applied to the sewer account.
Customers with dual meters must return the meter to the BPU Customer Service by Oct. 8, 2013, or deposits could be forfeited along with any sewer credit earned. If the meter is damaged, the deposit will be used to defray the costs to repair the meter.
"This program will be most helpful for those residential water/wastewater customers who accumulate a sewer credit of more than eight units, which would probably be a residential customer who is doing extensive landscaping or watering a newly planted lawn," said Rebecca Robbins, BPU communications coordinator.
Residential dual meters are available at the BPU Customer Service, 92 Steele St., which is open from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays.
For more information, call Robbins at 661-1680.