Calgarians clinging to flat-rate accounts on their water bills will have to go with the water meter flow sooner than expected.


The city’s utilities and environment committee Wednesday agreed to pare down the deadline requiring mandatory water meters to Jan. 1, 2010 in an effort to stay on course with the Calgary’s water conservation efforts.


The city had been aiming to convert the remaining 53,400 flat-rate accounts to water meters by 2014, but the program had fallen behind schedule.


Nancy Stalker of the city’s water services said a bylaw set to come back to committee in November must still be approved, but once it’s in place the city will begin hitting neighbourhoods one at a time to make sure all households are switching over.


“We’ll likely be going community by community,” she said.

It will be coming so this is the chance for everyone to get on board.