Installation of water meters
Project timeframe: Work is scheduled to commence in June 2022
In a bid to better understand how water throughout the Waimate District is being used or lost, water meters are now being rolled-out throughout all Waimate urban properties. While the installation of meters was initially scheduled for August 2022, plans have been expedited to ensure Council meets the full criteria and eligibility for the Government’s three waters stimulus funding.
This criteria requires Council to have commenced the work prior to 30 June 2022.
Asset Group Manager Dan Mitchell says the addition of water meters will help Council better plan where resources should be placed and help manage growth.
“It’s a really good tool for us and for people themselves to understand water usage,” Mitchell said.
“Fundamentally, if we can identify and reduce water loss, we don’t have to invest as much in pipework, we reduce our pumping hours and over time, there are significant cost savings to be had.
“Some people might hear the term ‘water meters’ and automatically think they will be charged more for water use, but I can assure them, the funding mechanisms already in place will not change . . . the status quo will be applied as per Council’s fees and charges.”
Throughout the project rollout, approximately 1400 water meters will be installed, with multiple contractors on board to complete the work.
Mitchell says residents can expect minimal disruption during the changeover.
“There will be a very limited window of disruption, if any. Essentially, contractors will knock at the door, explain what they are going to do and then within 20 minutes, the work is usually complete.
“It’s really quite a simple measure, but one that will provide a range of benefits to us all.”
The water meters will continue to be rolled out throughout the year.
For more on water meters, check out our Water Meters page HERE.