Thursday, August 17, 2017

Free water meter plan to expand

Alex Kozhemyako, the vice mayor on housing and communal services in Yekaterinburg, has proposed expanding the number of citizens who can receive free hot and cold water meters.

The expansion was discussed on Tuesday at a meeting of the Commission for Social Protection and Health City Duma, JustMedia reports.

"From 2002 to 2005, meters were installed free of charge to veterans," Kozhemyako said, according to JustMedia. "Counters were installed in 447 apartments. Since 2006, the list of victims of political repression and large families were added to the list. Over four years, meters were installed in 1,100 homes. This year we have created a working group to further expand the list of beneficiaries. And, as a result, we propose to adopt a new list, which included prisoners of concentration camps and rehabilitated citizens. "

An additional 13,000 apartments are expected to fall into the new categories, Kozhemyako said.

The vice-mayors initiative was unanimously supported by the MPs, but how the meters would be funded was called into question.

It has been proposed that from 2012 to 2014, installation of the meters will be funded by the "Energy Efficient City" program and will then become part of the city's budget in 2015, according to JustMedia.