Smart Water Meters

  1. What Are Smart Water Meters?
  2. Cities with Opt-Outs
  3. What to Do If Your City Is Installing or Has Installed Smart Water Meters
    1. What to Do
    2. Michigan Cities That Have Shut Off Service for Smart Water Meter Refusal
  4. What to Do If Your City Hasn’t Installed Them Yet


What Are Smart Water Meters?

Many cities across Michigan are installing or have installed smart water meters, and like smart electric meters, smart water meters are making many people ill. Smart water meters are almost always located inside the home, filling the home with nearly continuous radiofrequency emissions. For instance, one man in Inkster had his blood-sugar and blood pressure levels skyrocket after the smart water meter was installed. He wasn’t aware of the installation, and neither he nor his doctor could understand why his levels had suddenly changed so dramatically. Months later, he learned about smart meters, and his doctor told him this was a likely cause of the sudden changes.

Smart water meters, like smart electric meters, are continuously broadcasting RF waves. For example, the Neptune E-coder R900i transmits data to the utility every 14 seconds! Why, we might ask, does anyone—individual, government, or business—need to know 14-second water-usage intervals? It seems to be another case of “just because we can collect it, we will.” This meter has been installed in Romulus and other Michigan cities. See a YouTube video of smart water meter transmissions.

The meters use frequency-hopping spectrums, which further harm health. Ninety-six days of historical data can be retrieved directly from the meter and then downloaded.

The Neptune meter can force water-use restrictions by day on individual customers .


Cities with Opt-Outs

Types of smart water meters:
Neptune E-900: Being installed in Romulus, . . .


What to Do If Your City Is Installing or
Has Installed Smart Water Meters

What to Do
Note that water utilities are almost always municipally owned. This often makes things more difficult, but can also make them easier. The best thing to start with: Talking to your water department and city council members. Educate them, and if the meters are affecting your health, explain that. Note that some cities are offering opt-outs.

The following information was compiled by an attorney (not the attorney that members of SMEN have used to appeal the DTE opt-out program).

Below are reports of incidents where a customer has lost service due to refusal of smart meter installation. In most cases, service has been restored.


Michigan Cities That Have Shut Off Service for Smart Water Meter Refusal
(This list is not comprehensive.)


What to Do If Your City Hasn’t Yet Installed
Smart Water Meters

Educate your city council members and your water department. Start with a soft touch. Inform them that some Michigan cities offer opt-outs. If you are electrosensitive, tell them that, and explain it.



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Terms to Know

Advanced meter: smart meter (term used by DTE to hide the fact it is a smart meter).

AMI meter and AMI program: another name for the smart meter and the smart meter program. AMI stands for advanced metering infrastructure.

Blood-brain barrier: EMFs can cause the blood-brain barrier to be breached, allowing toxins to enter the brain. Toxin entry is thought to be partially responsible for Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s.

Dirty electricity: spiky, pulsed electromagnetic field generated by smart meters that rides through building wiring and permeates the building’s rooms. Responsible for many of the health problems seen with smart and digital meters.

Electromagnetic fields (EMFs): consist of an electrical field and a magnetic field. Fields are created by the flow of electrical current through the wire, sunlight, etc.  

Electromagnetic frequency: examples are 60 Hz electrical current of your home, RF of a cell phone. Often used interchangeably with electromagnetic field.

Electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS): sensitivity to electromagnetic fields. Symptoms are complex and involve all bodily systems

Hydrogen bonds: Electrostatic bonds that help hold the DNA double helix together. Breakage of hydrogen bonds may cause changes in DNA that can lead to cancer. RF and other EMFs may disrupt the Hydrogen bonds.

Meter upgrade: the installation of an advanced (smart) meter on your home by DTE.

Microwave radiation: the type of radiation emitted by smart meters. Known to cause biological harm.

Non-transmitting meter: another name for the DTE and Consumers opt-out meters.

Opt-out meter: this is a smart meter. The only thing that is different is the radio-transmitter is turned off. It still generates dirty electricity, it still retains the two antennas, and it is only incrementally less harmful to your health. It can still record detailed information about your electrical usage.

Radio-disabled meter: another name for the DTE opt-out meter.

Radio-off meter: another name for the DTE opt-out meter.

Radiofrequency (RF): high-frequency electromagnetic waves in the range of 10 MHz to 300 Ghz. All wireless devices, including smart meters, cell phones, and Wi-Fi emit RF.

Switched mode power supplycontained in all smart meters, it creates dirty electricity.

van der Waals bonds: an extremely weak electromagnetic force that helps hold the DNA double helix together. Breakage of the van der Waals bond may cause changes in DNA that can lead to cancer. RF and other EMFs can disrupt the van der Waals bonds.