Meter figures make interesting reading

By JOSEPH TERNOWETSKY

METER readers are lacing up their shoes, slathering on the sun screen and drinking plenty of fluids in preparation for the first ever Rockhampton meter read.

About 45 staff memembers from Fitzroy River Water will take part in the massive twoday operation.

More than 22,000 homes will be covered.

The volunteers are expected to read over 500 meters in the next two days.

That reading will be the official record from which the first quarterly consumption charge is calculated.

"Each volunteer will walk about ten kilometres during the read,'' said John Pearson, from Fitzroy River Water.

"They are looking forward to it.''

Each staff member has been given a meter-reading kit, which includes pens, a water bottle, gloves and a hat.

During the first day, the staff members will cover Divisions 1 to 6.

On the second day Divisions 7 to 10 will be read.

After today's and tomorrow's meter reads, Fitzroy River Water will conduct six readings every three months.

And after that five staff members will do the readings over a month. "It will take about 18 months before we can do this,'' Mr Pearson said.

"Everything should go pretty smoothly.''

Rockhampton is the final local government in Queensland to regulate water usage.

Neil Hanschen, general manager for Fitzroy River Water, said in a press release that the new system would make it fairer for residents by charging them only for the water they actually used.



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