The city of Hastings will be going through a conversion of reading water meters starting in July. Currently, Consumers Energy reads most of our water meters when they read their own gas and electric meters. When Consumers begins installing “smart meters” they will no longer have meter readers in the field and will not be able to read our water meters. Therefore, the City will begin reading meters with it’s own staff. This change will begin in July and take a few months to complete.
In July, both Consumers Energy and the City of Hastings will be reading water meters. We will compare the readings as a test of accuracy. In August, when the City begins reading meters for application to bill, we will be reading meters throughout the month (Consumers usually concentrated reading meters in about a ten day period in the middle of the month). We will read your meter only once each month and we will develop a schedule that will have some meters read during each week of the month.
If your meter is read by the City during the first week of the month, your first bill may be lower than historically normal. If your meter is read later in the month, you may experience a larger than normal bill in the beginning. Once the conversion is worked through, your bill should be about the same unless something occurs in your household that would change the level of usage.
City employees who are on your property to read your water meter will be wearing a City of Hastings shirt and/or have a City ID with them. If you have any questions regarding this, or have any concerns about your bill, please contact our office at 269-945-2468.