Chicago churches getting soaked by water meter installation expenses
from Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago churches losing their free water perk are getting soaked by another major expense they did not anticipate and, in some cases, cannot afford: installing water meters. The city has long required meters in church buildings, but the ordinance was seldom enforced. So long as free water was still flowing to nonprofits, there was no need to measure usage. But now that all 6,113 nonprofits are being weaned away from free water — with a 60 percent discount this year, 40 percent next year, 20 percent in 2014 and zero in 2015 — meters are a must, even for struggling parish churches.
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