DOLGEVILLE — The Dolgeville Village Board of Trustees is considering the purchase and installation of meters for its water customers in an effort to conserve water and establish a more equitable distribution of payment for usage.

"At this point the village has been exploring the options," said Mayor Mary Puznowski during a telephone interview Monday, adding the issue has only been discussed and no action has been taken.

Puznowski said the village has considered its options for more than 20 years when it comes to installing water meters, adding Dolgeville is one of the few municipalities in the area to have a flat rate for water.

"We feel water conservancy is very important, especially in treating fresh (drinking) water and sewer water," she said. "Right now, with no meters, there is no urgency for people to conserve water."

Puznowski said residents may not be quick to fix a leaky toilet or faucet with a flat rate. "With metered water, there is more urgency to keep the water repaired and to conserve when they can," she said.

The mayor also said with a flat rate, a family of eight can pay the same rate as a single-family unit. "We feel there needs to be a more equitable treatment. That’s the biggest concern," she said.

While no action has been taken on whether to move ahead with the purchase, Puznowski did say the village spoke with sales representatives from Neptune Water Meters about their products.

According to minutes from the board’s September meeting, the board received a cost estimate for the installation of water meters — approximately $1 million for meters and equipment and an additional $500,000 or more for installation and service replacement.

"[We know of] no grant at this time," said Puznowski. "I plan to reach out to the county to see if we can do something with shared services and some political help, as well."