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Some Glendale residents resist smart utility meters

July 7, 2011 |  8:16 am


Some Glendale residents are deciding to opt out of plans to install high-tech smart utility meters, the Glendale News-Press reported.

Glendale officials have touted the multimillion-dollar smart-grid project, which lets customers track real-time water and electricity consumption, as an effective way to encourage conservation and ease the detection of water leaks.

But a small group of residents is resisting, concerned about a loss of privacy and about radio waves emitted from the wireless meters.

"It's one of those things. No one really has any proof about it yet," said Glendale resident Erik Bottema.

He is one of about a dozen residents who had their meter installations postponed last month as utility officials wait to see what comes out of larger protests in Northern California.


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Photo: A worker installs smart meters at an apartment complex in Glendale on April 8, 2010. Credit: Raul Roa / Glendale News-Press