Why is the GBID installing meters?
a.) The current model used to determine water tolls does not accurately account for realistic use. Fair billing based on consumption will eliminate inequality in the current billing structure. The concern is that small families, seniors and those on fixed income are subsidizing larger families and others whose usage is substantially more.
b.) Water Conservation for: reducing wear and tear on existing infrastructure which is costly to replace; reducing the costs of chlorination; preserving the source (Cranby Lake).
c.) Increasing water quality during the months of elevated turbidity (summer).
d.) To establish realistic water demand as we go forward in planning capital projects, renewals and replacements, in the hopes of saving money and passing potential savings along to the rate-payer.
Where will the meters be installed?
The meters will be installed in the same location as the current curb stop (shutoff valve). This will be a concrete pit with a cast iron lid. A sensor will be fitted to the lid for reading with an electronic wand.
Will back flow preventers be installed?
Back flow preventers will be installed at the same time as the meter. They indicate a reverse flow. Which could create cross contamination in the system. Also, prevents damage to residents plumbing system when the fire trucks are hooked up to hydrants and drawing water from the system. They also indicate constant flow and will signify if there is a leak.
How often do we read the meters?
Meters will be read monthly.
What is the life expectancy of the meter?
The life expectancy for the meter is 20 years. We will be upgrading the system’s infrastructure while we do the meter installation, as per the Master Water Plan.