Water meters were supposed to cost taxpayers $1,051 on average, according to a 2003 study. Instead, they're costing $2,424 each. Photograph by: Pierre Obendrauf, Gazette file photo
From The Montreal Gazette:
Montrealers will pay more than double what a consultant's study told city hall it would cost to purchase and install water meters.
A November 2003 study by Gaz Métropolitain, obtained by The Gazette, concluded it would cost $31.97 million, plus tax, to buy and install 30,390 meters in industrial, commercial and institutional buildings, as well as in apartment buildings with more than 12 units.
However, the city's $355.8-million contract with the consortium Génieau, awarded in 2007, includes $74 million, plus tax, to buy and install 30,500 meters in industrial, commercial and institutional buildings on the island. The city's water-meter plan did not end up including apartment buildings.
The average price to purchase and install a water meter in the contract with Génieau is $2,424. But the average price is $1,051 in the consultant's 77-page study.
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