My name is Aurora (this is my full legal name) and I live in the Woodinville Water District (WWD). I am a certified Purna Yoga™ teacher and a teacher of Heartfull Meditation™ at Alive and Shine Center in Bellevue.
After I watched the movie, “Take Back Your Power” about the deployment of “smart meters” all around the world and the extensive health, privacy and billing issues involved, I saw that the Woodinville Water District is planning on installing “Automated Meter Readers,” which are “radios” that would attach to the existing meters.
I called and told WWD I had concerns and Debbie Rannfeldt, the Public Information Coordinator at WWD told me the output of the radios will be less than a cell phone, and far less than an average utility smart meter.
When Josh del Sol (the filmmaker of “Take Back Your Power,” who lives in Woodinville) and I went and tested the radio with the permission off WWD under their observation, we found out that what she told me couldn’t be further from the truth.
Sensus, the manufacturer of the Automated Meter Readers (AMRs), told WWD that the radios pulse at .0000000038 to .0000000427 uW/cm2 but we tested the one they provided at 145. 1 is the level at which the German organization, Baubiologie, states there is cause for extreme concern regarding health. The WWD radios are 145 times greater than this level, over a thousand times stronger than a three bar AT&T cell phone, and 7 times stronger than a standard Itron “smart meter.”
When we presented this information to the WWD commissioners, we told them they were providing misleading info to the public because the the pulses are averaged over 30 minutes, which is how Sensus gets away with providing the misleading numbers they gave WWD. The radios will pulse once per hour 24 hours/day. To average the strength is like saying, “I’m going to punch you in the arm once per hour every hour, but we’ll average out the pressure over a half an hour, so you’ll barely feel anything.”
Even though they claim to have researched this project for years, the WWD and the WWD commissioners weren’t even aware of this misleading measurement and it took them weeks to get a confirmation from the manufacturer, Sensus, that the readings were in fact averaged over 30 minutes.
They finally did get a confirmation and acknowledged this. I asked a WWD customer service agent I had spoken to in the past to inform another gentleman customer who had called with his own concerns about the AMR project (due to brain issues) about the true radiation levels of the AMR meters. I asked her to tell this gentleman that the information she had provided him was incorrect (she told me she had told him the pulses are less than a cell phone), but she declined, writing in an email, “The gentleman that had the concern has a different circumstance. He is not in a neighborhood and he has a very long driveway. His meter is nowhere near him and he was fine with the outcome.”
I emailed back, writing, “I understand the gentleman had a long driveway, but I believe he has a right to accurate information. When he was fine with the outcome, it was under an incorrect understanding about the strength of the radios. Would you kindly reconsider?”
At that point, the WWD representative stopped communicating with me by email on this topic, which is proof that the WWD was unwilling to share true information with their customers.
The WWD says that it’s legal to provide this kind of misleading info (averaging the pulse over a half an hour) because the FCC allows it. Sadly, the FCC is headed by a former leading wireless industry lobbyist and their regulations are not science-based. These meters should fall under the EPA’s jurisdiction, but they do not.
I received a letter from the commissioners saying they still plan to go forward with the project despite the info we provided them about health and privacy concerns. They claim to have researched it over the past six years. Their research was clearly very superficial since they didn’t even know themselves that the pulses are averaged over 30 minutes.
Currently, the commissioners are considering an opt-out, which they may decide at the next commissioner’s meeting on July 15. If they decide to create an opt-out option, there should be no charge for it.
Please call or write the WWD and tell them you do not consent to an automated meter being installed on your water meter. They need to hear from their customers that we don’t want the automated meters as our current analog meters function perfectly well.
Call them at (425) 487-4100
Write them at:
Woodinville Water District
17238 NE Woodinville-Duvall Road, Woodinville, WA 98072
Let’s keep Woodinville safe together!