More partners join the Smart Meter debate

In addition to the Town of Lake Cowichan’s recent decision to back a moratorium request on BC Hydro’s Smart Meters, three other municipalities have sent moratorium requests.

  • Jul. 11, 2011 7:00 p.m.

In addition to the Town of Lake Cowichan’s recent decision to back a moratorium request on BC Hydro’s Smart Meters, three other municipalities have sent moratorium requests.

“We’re getting new people on board every day, and the number is now in the thousands,” local health advocate Mary Lowther said.

Those to sign moratorium requests thus far are Colwood, Salt Spring, New Denver, and Lake Cowichan.

Lowther’s also met with the Cowichan Valley Regional District, which has yet to make a decision.

The underlying concern with the Smart Meters is with their radiation, in the form of radio waves that transmit information, rather than having meter readers check them.

“These meters will be set up so that each house communicates with a central house in the neighbourhood, and this central house communicates with other central houses and the signal travels to the destination this way, effectively blanketing the neighbourhood,” Lowther said.

“The radiation travels through walls, across the yard to the neighbour’s meter so there’s no getting away from the radiation.

“Where the meters have been installed already, there have been problems with the signals not getting through properly so the signal transmissions have been boosted!”