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Letters

Wireless Water Meters Safer Than Many Devices We Use Daily

Dear Editor:

I write in reply to the October 27 Letter to the Editor entitled 'Concern About New Water Meters'.

The authors have clearly misunderstood the technology employed in the meters about to be installed in Meaford homes. While it is true that the meters will transmit 24/7/365 – they do not transmit continuously 100% of the time. They transmit frequent, short bursts – 7 milliseconds every 14 seconds, adding up to less than 60 seconds over a 24 hour period. That works out to about 0.00007% of the time! To put the duration of the short data bursts into perspective, note that the blink of an eye is typically between 100 and 150 milliseconds. So we are talking about very, very short transmissions emitting very little power – far below the regulatory limit!


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Council Should Walk Slowly Toward Garbage Bag Tag Price Increases

Dear Editor,

I understand that Meaford Council is evaluating a plan to gradually move our garbage bag tag system into a full cost recovery program ($4.50 per bag). Until such a time as everything is recyclable, ethically disposable, or more controllable by the end-user, it is important to leave the price as is ($3.00 per bag).

We know that there is a financial shortfall between bag tag revenues and the higher cost of the Miller Waste disposal service. Let’s continue to pay that difference through our taxes until such a time as manufacturers catch up with the residential sector with respect to waste reduction and diversion.


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Concern About New Water Meters

Dear Editor:

Thank you for publishing an article about the water meter replacement program. Rob Armstrong's September 28 memo to Meaford Council indicates that they plan to start installing the Neptune R900 radio frequency water meters inside people's homes at the end of this month.

The last paragraph of Mr. Armstrong's memo indicates that people who are concerned about the health effects of EMFs (electro-magnetic fields) that are emitted by such devices can request an option - a transmitter that is placed on the side of the house instead of inside the house.


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