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City officials shut off water Tuesday to a pair of Baraboo homeowners who refused to have smart meters installed on their homes.

“The meters, number one, are surveillance,” said Audrey Parker of Baraboo, whose water was shut off Tuesday. “They know how many people are in your house. They know what you do throughout the day.”

Parker told members of the city’s Public Safety Committee last fall that new smart meters, installed to monitor her gas and electric usage, had caused her to have heart palpitations. She petitioned to opt out of a city program to install similar devices that would transmit electronic data about water use.

However, city officials balked at her concerns and put her on notice that her water would be shut off if she did not permit the city to install the meter. The meters send a pulse of information to the utility every few hours to report water use.

City officials say the meters require less manpower to track use, and provide other efficiencies, such as more accurate and up-to-date information.

Parker is part of a movement of people who say the meters are the government’s way of keeping tabs on people. They say the meters send out radio frequencies that add to a person’s exposure to radiation.

Baraboo Utility Superintendent Wade Peterson said those concerns are overblown. The meters use a 1-second pulse every four hours to transmit data to a city server, he said, adding that the radiation from that pulse is less than what is emitted by a microwave or cell phone.

The smart meters also typically are installed on the outside of a residence, making them even less of a concern, he said.

In response to a petition from 33 customers of the Madison Water Utility, public health officials from the city of Madison and Dane County conducted a review of literature regarding the potential health risks associated with smart meters. The review found “little evidence” to support an association.

“I’m not in a position to dispute any of that,” said James Sheriff, who also had his water turned off Tuesday. “I’m as medically qualified as a toothpick.”

Sheriff and his wife, Darcy, have aligned with their friend, Parker, to stand against the city’s new smart meter requirement. Even though he says his wife has a health issue that makes access to a running toilet and drinking water necessary, they don’t intend to budge.

Darcy Sheriff said Parker has provided her with articles from websites that lead her to believe smart meters collect more than just information about a person’s utility usage.

Sheriff said she suspects the smart meters can monitor activities inside the home, such as how many times the toilet is flushed, how much the dishwasher is used, and so forth.

“That is absolutely incorrect,” Peterson said. “It tracks two things: gallons per minute and total usage. We have no way of knowing whether it was for a dishwasher, toilet or anything else.”

The Sheriffs contacted the Wisconsin Public Utility Commission this week to report the city’s action. Peterson said the PSC directed the city to turn their water back on Wednesday in order to give Darcy Sheriff 21 days to prove she has a health condition that would be impacted if her water was turned off. The city has since complied and restored water service to the residence.

The Sheriffs said they don’t know one way or another whether the smart meters actually pose a health risk or collect personal data. Nevertheless, they say it should be their right to choose whether one is installed on their home.

“Whether our fears and our concerns are valid is not at issue here,” Darcy Sheriff said.

Asked to provide evidence that the smart meters installed on her home monitor her indoor activities, Parker cited an article on the website americanpolicy.org, which is run by a conservative Washington-based think tank that opposes government policies related to sustainable development, smart growth and other measures that seek to plan for the future or conserve resources.

But power company and government officials dispute the claims of such critics, at least as they relate to Wisconsin.

“There are some meters – mainly used in California – that can interact with specific appliances to measure exact appliance energy usage,” said PSC spokesman Nathan Conrad. “These appliances must have a usage reader in the home and the owner of the appliance has the choice to share this information with their utility or not. We know of no such meters currently being used in Wisconsin.”

Conrad said smart meters not only allow service providers to more easily track a customer’s use of a given commodity, but they provide more detailed and up-to-date data that can be useful for catching problems before they snowball, such as leaks that could lead to water loss and higher bills. The meters also help companies and consumers implement “conservation measures, such as implementing rates based on usage during peak times or allowing customers to analyze usage and conserve on their own.”

A representative of Alliant Energy, which has installed smart meters on Baraboo homes to monitor energy use, also said concerns about privacy are unjustified. Alliant’s meters record the number of kilowatt hours a customer uses, and nothing else, she said.

“The meters do not know what kinds of appliances or devices are in use by our customers,” said Alliant Energy spokeswoman Annemarie Newman.

She said the radio frequency emitted by the meters is incredibly small.

“In fact, you would have to be exposed to the radio frequency from a smart meter for 375 years to get a dose equivalent to that of one year of 15-minutes-per-day cell phone use,” Newman said.

Peterson said 17 other Wisconsin communities use the same smart meter from the same manufacture as the one the Baraboo water utility has installed. He said more than 150 Wisconsin water utilities use the same type of system. Only two allow customers to opt out.

“The utility has been upfront and forward throughout this process,” Peterson said. “I think we’ve evaluated everything to the point where we’re satisfied with the system we have.”

Of the city’s 4,612 water customers, only two have yet to permit the installation of a smart meter, he said.

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david millsap

doc,how are you and your friends the sherriffs been doing with their feces this weekend ?


have you been helping them out ? i mean that's the least you could do since you are the main instigator behind all of this . and dork too.

j j

Agitator Strikalinsky strikes again, making his minute brain waves known to the public! He thinks fun and games!

david millsap

i saw black helicopters flying over town last night.

j j

Strikalinsky, your stupid comments are sickening.

Mark Darkow

strikeforce:
"i saw black helicopters flying over town last night."

I saw them too. I have the inside scoop: Space aliens hi-jacked a military chopper
so they could travel undetected. They're looking for intelligent life here on earth,
so you have absolutely nothing to worry about.

Chris Turner

http://emfsafetynetwork.org/?p=6959 Posted on January 19, 2012 by admin

Santa Cruz County, CA Board of Supervisors directed its public health officer to prepare an analysis of the research on the health effects of Smart Meters in December 2011. Poki Stewart Namkung, M.D. M.P.H., prepared this report: Health Risks Associated With SmartMeters which recognizes:

Smart Meters transmit pulsed radiation (RF) 24/7
There are evidence-based health risks of RF
RF exposure can be cumulative and additive
The massive increase in RF public exposures since the mid-1990′s
The controversy between independent and industry science, including lack of funding for independent research
Evidence to support an Electrical Sensitivity (EHS) diagnosis
The public health issue is that Smart Meters are involuntary RF exposures
FCC thermal guidelines are irrelevant for non-thermal public exposures.
The lack of relevant safety standards for chronic pulsed RF

Mark Darkow

Good Morning:
Great info. Thanks.

j j

THANK YOU, Good Morning.

minuteman

"The Sheriffs said they don’t know one way or another whether the smart meters actually pose a health risk or collect personal data. Nevertheless, they say it should be their right to choose whether one is installed on their home.

“Whether our fears and our concerns are valid is not at issue here,” Darcy Sheriff said."
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They have principles and believe in freedom. This is something many ignorant people no longer understand. They are not crazy conspiracy theorists, they are Americans.
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Like I said before, our revolution was not just about taxes on stamps or tea, it was about principles and freedom. It is so sad what our country has become, look in the mirror and ask yourself why.

Mark Darkow

” Peterson said. “I think we’ve evaluated everything to the point where we’re satisfied with the system we have.”

Satisfied with subjecting customers to radiation and getting them into the national
surveillance grid. And then shutting off their water supply if they don't comply. In
addition, this same outfit poisons the water with fluoride. These people are demons.

Mark Darkow

bluffsinview:
"Wow. The comments here are an indication of how many are influenced by the conspiracy theories advanced by the right-wing. "
What are these conspiracy theories, specifically, you're babbling about?

Research: "Controlling the Human Mind," by Nick Begich, subtitled, "'The Technologies of Political Control' or 'Tools for Peak Performance'."
A quote: "Electromagnetic fields can be introduced from devices outside the human body
with any specific organism or individual in the human body being targeted.'"


david millsap

when i went to the clinic for my physical i swear the nurse inserted a microchip inside of my buttock.. my wife sees a redlight at night coming from that area.

has anyone heard of this ?

Mark Darkow

strikeforce:
"when i went to the clinic for my physical i swear the nurse inserted a microchip inside of my buttock.. my wife sees a redlight at night coming from that area."

has anyone heard of this ?
Reply: I've heard of it before. They put a chip in your brain to control your thoughts.
There are three lights that emit from the implanted site: red, yellow and green,
depending on brain activity, or lack thereof, sort of like a traffic light.

Pat Nash

Wow. The comments here are an indication of how many are influenced by the conspiracy theories advanced by the right-wing. I guess it's really scary to them for anyone to know now often they use their washing machines or take a shower, if that information were gathered, which it isn't. I hope they don't use Google since they keep track of everything you click on. And that's not government, that's due to corporations' marketing departments so they can target us in their ads. "These appliances will be like having a person in your house spying on you 24/7." Do you guys realize how crazy you sound?

Barry Wilcox

bluffsinview said "The comments here are an indication of how many are influenced by the conspiracy theories advanced by the right-wing."

Don't lump all the right-wing in with these conspiracy theories. Most conservatives don't agree with them. It is a fringe group of conspiracy theorists many of whom lean to the right. You're right, every time you log onto the internet you've given up a huge amount of privacy. I understand why businesses would like to know about my spending habits but I can't figure out why the government would care how many times I flush my toilet.

david millsap

what if you are away on vacation in the winter and your water lines freeze up and burst,putting thousands of gallons of water all over your house ? a smart meter would detect that ,raise a red flag and warn the water dept. who would shut off your water outside and contact you.

j j

Strikalinsky, sounds like you're talking about trailer homes. Frozen water lines don't happen very often. It's the health hazard the real issue and the control by our government.

Not only in Sauk County, people around the country have real concerns for these Smart Meters being installed. It is not broadcasted on the television networks due to our government says not to. Local newspapers, the web, certain radio broadcasters, is the communication about the health hazards and the controls of how much electricity and water that our government will allow you to have.....or not to have. Eventually, the later.

Were you asked by your power company to fill out a questionnaire before installation of these Smart Meters took place in your area? Certain locations in this country that were asked to do so. Do you have a gas or electric water heater; do you have a gas or electric stove; how often do you cook; how many loads washing and drying clothes weekly; use air conditioner; do you turn off the lights when you leave a room; etc. Wake up people. Do the research for your health.

Mark Darkow

minuteman:
In all honesty they are probably better off not having the toxic city water at all if they are concerned about being healthy."
Get a quality water filter with a special fluoride filter to filter out the fluoride the city is
poisoning us with.

minuteman:
"The often varying levels of chlorine content is scary, and fluoride, which has devastating effects on the thyroid gland and no medical benefit."
A recent Harvard study on fluoride states that it leads to a reduction in a child's I.Q.
This study won't faze our petty city despots one iota; they'll just keep adding the poison.

j j

Happening all over "this country". Our government, both parties, have turned on us American citizens. Look at what is taking place in this country. We were warned, but the sheeple couldn't and won't understand the slow movement to overtake this country.

minuteman

Shame on the city officials, allow people to opt out. Simply charge a small service fee to read their meters.. The city has really become a tyrannical nightmare, from installing unnecessary sidewalks against residents wishes and charging them for it, to this type of garbage.
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In all honesty they are probably better off not having the toxic city water at all if they are concerned about being healthy. The often varying levels of chlorine content is scary, and fluoride, which has devastating effects on the thyroid gland and no medical benefit. It is fine in toothpaste and for topical use but terribly bad when consumed, especially for children.
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Eventually people will get fed up, remember the American revolution was about principles, not just taxes on stamps or tea.

Mark Darkow

"Sheriff and his wife, Darcy, have aligned with their friend, Parker, to stand against the city’s new smart meter requirement. Even though he says his wife has a health issue that makes access to a running toilet and drinking water necessary they don’t intend to budge."
I deeply respect and admire your actions.
These meters are beyond Orwell's "1984" and Huxley's blueprint for the future, "A Brave New World." They are part of the total surveillance grid that is coming to fruition that will monitor and control every facet of our lives. These meters emit harmful to health
electro-magnetic radiation; a little bit here and a little bit there all add up. But it gets worse :different wave lengths, I've been told can effect a variety of deleterious health problems. So, they can use these electro-magnetic wave lengths as weapons to
cause harm and even death. Folks, the people pushing this technology are not your
friends; they are control-freaks who wish to control you and do you harm.


Mark Darkow

The city is being run by a bunch of s.o.b.s.
"City officials say the meters require less manpower to track use, and provide other efficiencies, such as more accurate and up-to-date information"
How much does this technology cost - tower maintenance, electricity usage, software
maintenance, labor, etc?
.“The meters do not know what kinds of appliances or devices are in use by our customers,” said Alliant Energy spokeswoman Annemarie Newman."
Not yet, because the meters need smart appliances to co-ordinate with them. You can bet
they will find a way to force them on us. These appliance will be like having a person in your house spying on you 24/7.
"The meters also help companies and consumers implement “conservation measures, such as implementing rates based on usage during peak times or allowing customers to analyze usage and conserve on their own.”
They will shut off water at will. These meters are mechanisms of control. Expect big increases in your water bills down the road,

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