The 12th Sangguniang Panlungsod in its regular Session last Friday had invited the heads of water service providers of the City of Tagbilaran, namely the City Waterworks System and the Bohol Water and Utilities Inc to call their attention on the rampant stealing of the water pipes. The SP had received several complaints regarding water meters placed in the stop-outs, far from the residence of the consumer, are prone to stealing.
Engr. Melissimo of BWUI had stated that the water meters are made of brass metal which have high market value in the junk shops. In case of stealing, the consumer and BWUI shall be equally liable for the additional costs for the replacement of the water meter. Upon signing of the water service contract, BWUI informs their consumers of this policy which is also stipulated in the contract.
For CWS, Engr. Busano stated that it is solely the responsibility of the consumer to replace the water meter.
There is a necessity to put up stop outs in strategic areas where meter readers can easily see the meter and make an accurate reading to ensure the correct charge shall be billed to its consumers. Water service providers faced the difficulty of reading water meters prior to installing stop-outs because dogs are guarding the water meters and/or the water meters are hidden. Installing of water meters inside the residence of consumers are also prone to illegal connections.