Last week it was announced that due to numerous house fires, all “smart” meters made by Sensus, Woodinville Water District’s newfangled meter manufacturer, are to be removed throughout the province of Saskatchewan, Canada — all 105,000 of the faulty devices, which are not UL-tested. You can guess who is going to pick up the $50M bill. (Portland also just announced the removal of 70,000 “smart” meters.)
Reams of evidence are now surfacing that hourly usage data from all wireless meters can be intercepted or hacked by anyone, including those who’d like to see when you’re home or tamper with your meter.
The WWD is misleading customers by telling them emissions from the automated meters are “weaker than a cell phone.” This is a bold-faced lie. Like utility customers are doing elsewhere, we tested WWD’s 2-watt Sensus meters to emit 590,000 times more electromagnetic radiation than WWD is telling the people of Woodinville. The meters pulse once per hour. But WWD admitted they take the average output over time to get this false data. Using this type of skewed calculation, a bullet fired from a gun is not strong enough to crush an ant. The truth is that from 4 feet away the emissions are 142 times higher than science-based safety thresholds, and 1,000 to 10,000 times stronger than a cell phone. But WWD has blatantly refused to inform their customers of this because they know people will object.
Now, WWD is attempting to force these on everyone. But they have not asked your consent. By using notices and legal loopholes of “implied consent,” they are attempting to legally bind you into agreement with what they are doing. They are committing fraud and appear to see the harm this system will cause as a “necessary byproduct” of what they want to do. There is a reason why over 50 local governments in California have made official statements against, or even criminalized, “smart” meters.
But you have rights. As one option, you can send a “conditional acceptance” letter. To learn about what you can do, and to get involved in this important discussion for Woodinville, visit www.woodinvillesafemeters.org.
Josh del Sol
Thank you for your recent article “Wild goose chase: Efforts to control goose population have proven successful.”
However, killing geese has not been successful, as the slaughter continues year after year.
USDA Wildlife Services has been lethally removing Canada Geese in the Puget Sound area for 13 years under an interlocal agreement between several cities and entities within the region. The geese are being rounded up in our parks and gassed to death or shot on Lake Washington. In 2013, nearly 1,200 geese were killed by Wildlife Services in just King County alone.
Woodinville, as well as several other cities in the area, is a member of the interlocal agreement and pays to have the geese killed.
Many humane solutions can be utilized to mitigate conflicts with geese in urban areas. These include landscape modifications; goose deterrent products and control techniques; public outreach on the need to stop feeding waterfowl; automated devices to clean up goose droppings; and reduction of populations through egg addling.
Only sporadic half-hearted attempts have been made using humane methods. Relying on an agency whose primary job it is to kill wildlife needs to end. A new integrated plan using only humane measures needs to be developed and implemented by knowledgeable geese management professionals.
Health concerns are often cited in order to justify the killing of geese. However, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife web site, “Canada geese are not considered to be a significant source of any infectious disease transmittable to humans or domestic animals.”
Killing geese creates a void in the environment, other geese quickly move in, and a new round of killing begins. This creates an endless cycle of killing. The brutal killing of thousands of geese, including their newborn goslings, must stop.
We must do a better job of sharing the earth with wildlife.
For more information and to sign a petition to stop the killing, please see https://www.change.org/petitions/puget-sound-area-officials-stop-killing-canada-geese.