The City of Charlottetown’s Residential Water Meter Installation Program has made great strides since officially launching in 2015.
The Charlottetown Water and Sewer Utility is pleased with the progress to date; more than 70 per cent of the City’s 10,000 customers are now metered with approximately 3,000 customers left to make the switch. With the speed of installations, the City expects to have all customers metered by the end of 2017.
"The completion date of December 2017 coincides nicely with the Miltonvale Wellfield Project, which is slated for activation in 2017," said Councillor Edward Rice, Chair of the City’s Water and Sewer Utility Committee. "With the wellfield project, we committed to our residents and funding partners to implement a water conservation plan and leak detection program. Universal metering is integral to both of these measures and it demonstrates our commitment and the commitment of our residents to sustainable and efficient water usage."
To further encourage customers to make the switch to a metered account, there will be a $50/quarter surcharge added to flat-rate bills, beginning January 2017. Customers that complete the meter switch within the quarter will be refunded the $50 surcharge when their bill is changed from a flat-rate to metered rate.
"The intention of the water meter program is to promote water usage awareness, preserve the City’s water supply and reduce overall consumption in Charlottetown," Councillor Rice said. "The program allows for better tracking, better leak detection and encourages the public to continue conserving. We have seen an increase in conservation efforts over the past few years – and we thank the public for that – but, collectively, we can always do more. This project will complement those efforts, while strengthening the protection of this limited resource."
To make an appointment for a meter to be installed in your home, contact Bevan Bros. Plumbing and Heating at 902-368-3456 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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