The Hazards Of Reading Meters

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In consecutive presentations for the Truth or Consequences’ (T-or-C) City Commission September 8, representatives of the city’s water and electric divisions outlined a wide variety of hazards and problems associated with regular meter reading duties.

Commissioners were shown a series of photographs detailing meters that are difficult to access due to heavy overgrowth, accumulated junk and materials, as well as building additions and privacy fencing. Photos also highlighted the presence of rattlesnakes, bees, thorny cactus, dogs, jagged glass-topped walls and other hazards regularly encountered by city staff members.

Water division superintendent Jesus Salayandia and electric division superintendent Bo Easley each emphasized how such problems inhibit staff members’ efforts to obtain timely and accurate readings of customer meters.

Easley presented a group of what appeared to be hundreds of keys, provided to the electric division by customers in order to allow staff access to properties.