Hamilton City Council has taken the unusual step of denying it has "current" plans to introduce water meters - by taking out a four page advertisement in a local newspaper under the heading 'water meters: what you need to know".
But it's not all good news for those opposed to water metering, with the Council confirming it would start the "discussion" on making ratepayers pay for their water by 2015.
The wraparound advertising feature in today's free community newspaper the Hamilton News appears to be the Council's way of trying to pour cold water on talk they are gearing up to introduce water meters to the city.
"There are NO current plans to introduce water meters and Council has NOT made a decision to introduce water meters," Council boss Barry Harris writes.
But Mr Harris goes on: "Water is a significant resource...and it does not come free.
"Council will be looking seriously at all options around water delivery.
"The options of...water meters will need to be considered through proper informed debate as [this] has the potential to defer this large cost on residents. This substantive discussion [on water meters] is not likely to be required until sometime after 2015".
On the back page of the advertisement, under the heading "No decision until after 2015", the Council confirms it decided in December 2012 to "give consideration to universal water metering".
The water meters will most likely form part of the Council's 2015-2025 Ten Year Plan, the advertisement says.
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