Pune, India — (METERING.COM) — October 2, 2006 – The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation has decided to introduce a compulsory water metering system, in an effort to ensure equitable distribution of water to all its customers. It has also ruled that the cost of the new meters will be recovered from consumers through their water bills, in incremental steps over a ten-year period.
A total of 85,000 meters will be installed. The municipality says they will be tamper proof, and adds that customers will be given two cards – one that will remain with them, and the other that will be retained by the PCMC. The meter reading will be uploaded to the cards every month, although bills will only be sent out twice a year.