WESTVILLE — Village board members have voted to discontinue a not-yet-started program that would have reduced the sewer bills of residents who water their gardens or yards, fill their pools or wash their cars.
Westville Village Board members voted to return all 25 external water meters it had purchased from Underground Pipe and Valve of Fort Wayne, Ind., and hope to be refunded the full $70 for each meter from the company.
Earlier this year, the board had purchased the external meters, with the intention to sell them to residents so that they could record their water usage through exterior faucets. Residents would still be charged for their water, but any water recorded on the meter would be reduced from the amount of water reported to the Westville-Belgium Sanitary District, which uses water usage to determine its bills.
Mayor Mike Weese said this week that state law requires chlorinated water to be discharged into sanitary sewers, and not into storm sewers or onto the surface of the ground. So any water that comes from the village's water mains cannot legally be diverted from the sanitary sewers.
The meters were received late last month, and Weese said he hopes to receive a full refund for them.
In other business, the board voted to return to having its regular meetings twice a month — on the second and third Tuesdays of each month.