A Springdale woman who refused to comply with the borough’s mandated smart-meter system is receiving water service through her traditional meter as litigation continues.
The borough shut off water to Cindee Zlacki’s Railroad Street residence for 11 days because she refused to replace her water meter with a digital reader by an Aug. 30 deadline.
The digital readers submit monthly consumption data to a centralized system via radio frequencies. The system is designed to save Springdale taxpayers thousands of dollars in labor costs each year, since borough employees would no longer need to read each meter, according to John Molnar, street and water chairman.
Zlacki refused to comply with the system over fears of radio emissions interfering with her husband’s medical equipment. She’s expressed concerns, too, that the emissions would cause seizures in her two epileptic sons.