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Jun

Atlanta water officials expect new methods will mean fewer… | www.myajc.com

After a city audit examined lingering billing issues within Atlanta’s Department of Watershed Management, the agency is making changes to help end the jaw-dropping water bills some customers have received.

Chief among them, Watershed officials said Tuesday, is lowering the usage threshold that triggers a meter investigation.

Unusual water use is currently flagged when the amount exceeds 100 percent of the average monthly usage. But at the recommendation of the auditing office, that figure will be lowered to 50 percent higher than normal use. For example, a household that is typically billed $100 a month would have to use $150 worth of water for the city to send a water department worker to test the meter.

That change will be implemented by fiscal year 2015, Deputy Commissioner Michael Geisler said at a Tuesday city utilities committee meeting. Geisler said the department must prepare to make that adjustment.

The City Auditor’s Office recently released its audit of the water department, which maintains more than 166,000 water meters across five cities and Fulton, DeKalb, Coweta, Clayton and Fayette counties.

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