Meter read has Rocky figured out
By JOSEPH TERNOWETSKY
THE FIRST-ever Rockhampton water meter read involved risking limb for one volunteer at the weekend. While reading meters in the Berserker Elphinstone streets area of North Rockhampton one volunteer chased down and stopped an unmanned, rolling vehicle.
The volunteer, whose name was not given, stopped the car and put the hazard lights on.
He later discovered a driver had parked the car without pulling the hand brake, said Neil Hanschen, general manager for Fitzroy River Water.
Other than that, the meter read was hugely successful, Mr Hanschen said.
"We finished it ahead of schedule,'' he said.
"We want to thank the community for their co-operation.''
About 45 staff members from Fitzroy River Water took part in the meter read.
Over 22,000 homes were covered in two days and each staff member read about 500 meters.
The readings taken will be the official record from which the first quarterly consumption charge is calculated.
Rockhampton is the final local government in Queensland to regulate water consumption. Some Rockhampton residents have tapped into the spirit of the meters by keeping their own consumption tallies.
Some neighbours are having unofficial bets on who can use the least amount of water.