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Water Meters

 

All Utility Customers are required to have a water meter installed. Water meters will help ensure that all users are billed fairly for water. There is no charge for the installation of these meters but homeowners are responsible for protecting the meter once installed.

Why Water Meters?

Metering provides information on how much water is used by whom, where and in which season. This can be used to improve management of the water systems and to fairly charge customers for the water they actually use. Metering also provides the most fair and equitable basis to pay for water. People who use less, pay less.

Leak Detection

  1. Locate your water meter.
  2. Turn off all water-using appliances in and around your home or business. Wait 5-10 minutes.
  3. Return to your water meter. Look at the meter face. If the red triangle or dial is spinning when all water-using appliances in and outside the home or business are turned off, you possibly have a leak.

Leaks are generally the result of faulty plumbing, appliances and fixtures. Ninety percent of high water bills are caused by leaks. If a leak is found in a home or business, it is the responsibility of the individual owner to take the necessary steps toward repairing the leak.

During the spring and summer months water use can increase by 50 per cent because of outdoor watering activities. By adopting some water-savvy habits around your home this summer, you can save money on your water bills and still have the pristine lawn and garden that are the pride of the neighbourhood. What can you do to this summer to make every drop count?

Conserve Water

Detect Leaks, Save Money!alt

  • 90% of high water bills are caused by leaks.
  • Leaky toilets cause more water waste than any other fixture in the home. The cause of most toilet leaks is a worn out flapper or ballcock.

Indoor Tips

  • Check faucets and pipes for leaks. Leaks waste water 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Do not let the faucet run while brushing your teeth. Just wet your toothbrush and fill a small glass with water for rinsing out your mouth.
  • Select the appropriate water level for the size of your load of laundry.

Outdoor Tips

  • Avoid watering between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. when heat causes water to evaporate.
  • Water only when you need to. Just one inch of water over the week, including rainfall, is all your lawn needs to stay healthy. Use a rain gauge or place a Frisbee upside down on your lawn while you are watering to measure the one inch (2.5 cm) your lawn needs over the week.
  • Keep your grass three inches long and it will shade its own roots from the scorching sun and choke out those pesky weeds and dandelions. It also holds moisture better, reducing watering needs.