Magnolia residents may soon see $300 fine for damaged water meters

A broken water meter lid and a new lid can be seen sitting in City Hall in this photo. (Joshua Turner / Banner-News)
A broken water meter lid and a new lid can be seen sitting in City Hall in this photo. (Joshua Turner / Banner-News)

Mayor Parnell Vann addressed residents during the City Council meeting on Monday informing them that the city will start charging customers for broken water meter covers and computers.

"Every water customer in our city knows when they sign up for water the penalties for destroying meters and valves. A customer chose to turn the water on after it was locked which caused a leak. They had water, we had a leak and we lost money. Damage to the box and wiring is a $300 violation. We are going to start imposing those on customers," he said.

Vann said that the city has had to replace the lid to one meter two weeks in a row due to residents driving their vehicles over the meter.

"When you do that, it sends a false signal and we have to come out. It's just like an alarm in your home going off. It's not like you're destroying city property that all of us in this room that pay water bills, pay for. You are about to start getting assessed for a $300 penalty on your water bill. This is a recurring problem with a certain customer base that has been giving us a fit. I'm not running over mine and you aren't running over yours, but folks haven't got the message yet. They are going to when they get a $300 (violation on their bill).

Vann also said that Zenner the company that makes the meters and electronics is working to replace any meters that may be giving false readouts from the computer.

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