SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A proposal to have the city of San Diego install high-tech water meters, which would allow for easier and more accurate readings at commercial properties, was given a green light Wednesday by the City Council's Natural Resources and Culture Committee.
According to a staff report, the new meters would help customers manage their usage, like those used by utility companies. Data recorded by the equipment could also alert customers and the city's Water Department to leaks or tampering.
The $5.1 million project would cover all 10,000 commercial water meters and 900 residential customers, and could be expanded at a later time, according to city staff. The city's water system currently includes around 275,000 meters.
If approved by the full City Council at a future meeting, the project would get under way in 2014, committee Chairman David Alvarez said.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled Tuesday for a former San Diego police officer accused of groping four women during pat-down searches last year.
Chula Vista police will be looking for drivers talking or texting on cell phones Tuesday and through the end of the month as part of "Distracting Driving Awareness Month."
Police were on the lookout Tuesday for the man who fired a shot while robbing a Rolando-area smoke shop and his accomplice who emptied its cash register.