GSW doesn’t own residents water meters

Golden State Water Co. does not own your water meter. You own your water meter! As an architect and member of two Building and Grounds committees, I want you to realize that you own your water meter and it’s allied components. When your home or condominium construction was built, the developer, or you, paid for the water meter, the half-, three-quarters or 1-inch connectors, the water lines in the street (your purchased right of way) as well as your fire hydrant. This water system was built to city standards (developed by taxpayers).

The local water company signed off on this to meet water quality requirements. The water meter ownership and components continues to future owners and goes up with inflation. Our property taxes pay for the upkeep of the right of way, which enables all of our utilities to serve us.

If 20 feet of water line has to be replaced by “the water company,” they own that amount for their installation, not the property. That is the only money the local water company has committed or should be reimbursed for. This also goes for major water installations paid for by tax money or public bond money.

— Dick Tipping, Claremont