Extra charges from new water meters cause controversy in Loves Park

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LOVES PARK, Ill. (WTVO) — Homeowners in Loves Park will no longer be responsible for water meter readings.

“Loves Park is the only place I’ve ever had to read the meter,” said Loves Park Resident Brian Leikim.

Loves Park has been one of few Stateline cities that leans on home owners to report their own water meter readings. In 2019, that will change.

A third of Loves Park residents have already received notice when the city sent out a letter letting them know about a required upgrade.

“Basically bringing us into the 21st Century,” said Loves Park Mayor Greg Jury.

“Whenever you’re going to do a reading, it automatically reads that ERT on on how much water you use, so it’s all done electronically, so you don’t have a meter anymore where you have to have a meter reader go up to each house,” said Tim Hanson, Executive Director of the Rock River Water Reclamation District.

A change that should make homeowner’s lives easier has some up in arms after being notified the upgrade doesn’t come free.

The Rock River Water Reclamation District will be charging it’s customers a little over $6 every quarter for three years.

“They said ‘do you want to go in and partner with us’ and we said ‘yes, we will do that.'” Hanson said. “We have an IGA that says basically we’ll go up to a million dollars. You change the meters, we’ll pay for the heads.”

While the price tag has some upset, others, including Loves Park Mayor Greg Jury, think the change will take some stress off of homeowners.

“I have a mobility issue and the meter is about six feet up on the wall, so I have to have my wife climb up there and take a look at it,” Leikim said. “Plus, it’s in the basement it’s very dark.”

“It’s less on us because we can drive through the entire city in one day, put it in the system and the bills are ready to go out,” Jury said.

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