Vancouver City is expanding the water meter requirement
to single family and duplex home connections.
Currently all other water consumers, including
industrial, institutional, commercial and multi-family
residential customers are metered.
Expanding the metering requirement to new water services
for single family and duplex homes is the first step in
achieving a fully metered system over the long term.
Aside from the benefit of billing equity (i.e., paying
only for what you use), metering is the foundation step
in extending the life of our current water resources by
deferring the costs and environmental impacts of raising
the dams on our reservoirs or having to develop another
drinking water source.
Other benefits of metering single family and duplex
water connections include:
■ Achieving up to 20% reduction in water use through
changes in consumer behaviour and help in identifying
system leaks, such as broken, damages, crushed and
leaking sewer lines, and damages to drain tiles.
■Results in savings for those who consume wisely
■ Reduces the stress on the City and regionís systems by
reducing peak summer demand for water and, at the other
end, reduces stress on our sanitary sewer system
■Providing personalized consumption information to
customers on their bill
■Overall consumption information would help the City
identify areas for targeted water conservation programs
■Collecting system data that aids in planning future
Water meters help people to become more aware about
their water use. When people are charged for their
actual measured use, they tend not to waste water, and
they reduce their overall water consumption. Metering
immediately rewards customers who use water efficiently
and provides a price signal for those who donít. Another
benefit to water meters is that they help identify
leaks. Leaks can constitute a significant portion of a
cityís water consumption Ė a leaky or self-flushing
toilet can waste 750 litres of drinking water per day
according to the EPA. That is equivalent to wasting over
$270 per year. Eliminating leaks benefits everyone,
including your wallet!
If you suspect you are using a lot more water than
usual, you could have a leaking, crushed, broken or
clogged and damaged water line or drain tiles. Call us
at 640-739-2000 (or fill out a request
discuss a solution to your water line or drain tiles.
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