The Town of Goderich is again investigating the possibility of installing residential water meters.
The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change notes that only 11 per-cent of Goderich's 3,600 water customers have meters.
All the meters are installed at industrial facilities.
Customers in many Ontario municipalities the size of Goderich -- and some smaller communities -- have had their water bills determined by readings from residential meters for many years.
Chief Administrative Officer Larry McCabe says municipal staff will investigate the possibility of applying for a grant through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
The total cost of buying and installing residential water meters is $2.6 million, and McCabe says an FCM grant would help offset part of the capital outlay.
Mayor Kevin Morrison notes that time may be of the essence, and that the province eventually may mandate the use of meters in the interest of water conservation.
McCabe says further discussion of water meters has been moved to 2018 budget deliberations.
In the end, the CAO stresses that the introduction of water meters will be up to Council to decide.
The last time Goderich Council debated a water meter proposal was in 2008, but the issue was deferred because of the capital cost.