GALVESTON — More than a quarter of the city’s water meters are malfunctioning, meaning thousands of residents are receiving bills based on estimated use instead of the actual amount of water used during a billing period.

City Manager Michael Kovacs reported the problem to the city council Thursday evening. Kovacs said the problem stemmed from a defect in transmitters that send usage information from meters to a roving meter reader.

Contact reporter John Wayne Ferguson at 409-683-5226 or


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Steve Fouga


Moved here a year ago, and have been outraged by how high the water bills are. Double what they were in Fort Worth, despite using a lot more water in Fort Worth's drier climate.

Now I don't know if mine have been wrong all this time, and will be corrected to a lower number, or wrong and will be corrected to a higher number! Or whether they've been right all along...

Marine One

I've lived from coast to coast, and this island actually charges more for sewage than for water. What a crock.

69 Chevy

I pay twice as much for water here as I did anywhere else!

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