In August, we asked our readers about the issues you wanted to hear the candidates running for the WaterOne Board of Directors address.
Based on your feedback, we developed a three-item questionnaire touching on the most important issues facing our community.
We are publishing the candidates’ responses to a question per day. Today, we are publishing candidates’ responses to the following:
WaterOne is in the process of installing Advanced Metering Infrastructure across the district. This system has the potential to allow customers to better understand their water consumption and avoid surprise high bills by accessing data about their usage online. What does the district need to do to ensure customers are aware of the new system and get the most out of it?
Below are the answers the Post received from the candidates on the issue:
Member 3 Seat
Kay Heley (incumbent)
I voted for the Advanced Metering Infrastructure project during my first few months on the Board and look forward to its launch. I have been impressed with WaterOne staff efforts to install the black remote-read sensors on water meters, including working with customers with indoor meters during a pandemic. Staff have also worked hard to avoid job loss by training employees for new positions. While I do not know details of the customer communications for AMI, I am hopeful that the information will be shared in multiple languages as we have many constituents for whom English is not their primary language. As a member of the Board’s Government and Community Relations Committee, I would welcome the opportunity to meet with various community groups to explain AMI basics and answer questions. Using Heart-to-Heart International’s approach to Covid 19 vaccines, I believe taking the information to faith communities and other trusted groups would be valuable. I support WaterOne inviting trusted leaders from diverse community, immigrant and faith groups for a tour of WaterOne, a discussion about AMI as well as ozone and the advantages of tap versus bottled water.
My husband and I have been guinea pigs for the online program and find it easy to use. I explain to interested constituents that AMI’s ability to provide daily water use data will help with water conservation. We also will not have to wait until our bill arrives every 2 months to find out that we have a slow, leaky toilet. As a retired nurse educator, I am encouraging parents to use AMI data to plan science experiments with their children who take long showers. One week they take their regular showers and look at the daily data. The next week, they limit their showers to 5 or 10 min. and compare the water use data. People can compare water use differences with dishwasher use or handwashing dishes. Comparisons can be made with bath versus shower water use, turning off the water while brushing teeth or not and before/after purchasing a more water-efficient appliance. AMI will allow us to have daily…
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