For years, the Borough of West Cape May has actively sought to determine the cause of the discrepancy between water purchased from Cape May City and water sold to our Borough customers.
On March 24, 2010, the Borough hired Edens Resource Recovery to assist in this effort. We have systematically worked through the various possibilities. These included, but were not limited to, possible accounting error, theft of water, water line breakage, and inaccurate borough meters. In December 2010, professionals working with Edens, and in coordination with Cape May City professionals, conducted testing on the five master meters that record water moving in and out of the borough.
Based on the results of the December tests, Edens has now confirmed to the Borough of West Cape May that the master meter in Wilbraham Park is oversized and thus understates the amount of water flow leaving West Cape May. This information was hand delivered to Cape May City earlier today.
We appreciate the cooperation the City has exhibited throughout this investigative process and its stated willingness to replace the Wilbraham Park master meter with a more appropriate model. The Borough provided specifications and suggested replacement meter recommendation to Cape May City today.
Furthermore, the Borough has notified Cape May City that it must also look at the history of water loss and is seeking restitution or reimbursement for billing errors caused by the inaccurate meter.
The borough has requested a meeting with Cape May City as soon as possible to facilitate an expeditious resolution.