California Water Department Now Using Newly-Installed Smart Meters To Track And Prosecute “WE ARE USING IT SPECIFICALLY FOR AN ENFORCEMENT TOOL TO GO AFTER THOSE CUSTOMERS WHO WE’VE GOTTEN LOTS OF COMPLAINTS ABOUT,” WATTIER SAID.

Over the past two years, NTEB has brought you numerous stories about the drastic loss of privacy associated with the installation of smart meters to control water and electric services. But as you will see, they are really just about control.

LONG BEACH — Water authorities are using a new tool in a major effort to crack down on people and businesses wasting water in light of new water restrictions issued by Gov. Jerry Brown to fight the drought. The Long Beach Water Department says sprinklers at a McDonald’s restaurant on Bellflower Boulevard went on for 45 minutes at a time, twice a night, for an undefined number of nights. Complaints continued to mount as water pooled and wasted. The department, however, could do little about the wasting.

That was before the smart meter.

Since its installation in February, Long Beach Water Department General Manager Kevin Wattier says he saw an immediate spike by tens of thousands of gallons, each time McDonald’s overwatered their property. FULL REPORT