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Youngstown delays plan to replace water meters

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Youngstown's City Council needs more time before moving forward with a project that will replace meters for all of the city's water customers.

The 52,000 homes where meters will be replaced also include Austintown, Liberty and parts of Boardman.

The last time the water department changed them was 1988.

The new ones will be the kind that cane monitored online and department director Harry Johnson says they will not raise water rates.

"The last rate increase we had in 2009 was effective 2010. It was a five year rate increase and it took into consideration this project among some other projects. So we already enacted the rate increase to accommodate this particular project," Johnson said.

An ordinance to hire an engineering firm, which would set a plan to replace the water meters, has been moved to a second reading.

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