It’s not the most exciting issue in the world, but for the elected officials who gathered on the steps of City Hall this afternoon, the accuracy of the city’s new water meter readers is a big deal. The City Council Members said they are fielding many complaints from constituents who are struggling to pay suddenly surging
“Obviously this is a huge issue for us in Queens County and throughout the city. We’ve had an enormous amount of complaints from people who had the automated meters put in,” Councilman Mark Weprin said. “We kept getting complaints from people who said they had nothing changed in their lives, they used the exact same amount of
Councilman David Greenfield, who organized today’s press conference, said the issue is so severe the Department of Environmental Protection needs an audit to root out broken meter readers and reimburse affected houses.
“I want to be clear. We always complain about
Councilman Ruben Wills, echoing Mr. Greenfield’s call for an audit, was particularly forceful.
“This is ridiculous. We’re demanding a full audit, we don’t just want a pass-through, we want a full audit of every meter that has been installed, and we want the results released to the City Council now,” he announced.
Watch the press conference below: