The City of Charlottetown Water and Sewer Utility has launched a new initiative designed to convert flat-rate water customers to water meters by offering incentives to make the switch.
The goal of the Take Control program is to see 1,000 households moving onto the metered system by the end of 2014.
As part of this initiative, the City will cover the cost of the meter installation (a $200 value). If a household’s bill increases despite the new meter and the best efforts to conserve, the City will refund the difference to meet the former flat-rate level in 2014. Customers who are already metered and encourage others to make the switch to a metered system will receive a $25 credit towards their own water bill. These "Water Saver Champions" can save up to $75 by recruiting a limit of three people to the metered system.
The Take Control program was introduced to the public through a special insert with the latest water bills. Already, 300 households have taken advantage of the new initiative. Mayor Clifford Lee said he believes the 1,000 household goal for 2014 is obtainable.
"The Take Control program targets water conservation measures while providing savings to our residents," said Mayor Lee. "The benefits and incentives of this program are a winning combination for both residents and the City’s Water and Sewer Utility."
Residents on the metered system can track their own water consumption, conserve the resource more carefully and pay based on what is consumed instead of a flat rate. Research indicates a water meter could save an average of four cubic metres per customer per month. Equating the research to the utility’s objective of 1,000 new meters installed, potential results could indicate up to 48,000 cubic metres (or 48 million litres) conserved in the first year.
"This new program is a great fit with our current focus on water conservation," said Councillor Edward Rice, Chair of the City’s Water and Sewer Utility. "The new program complements the City’s current multitude of water conservation programs, further benefitting our water supply through sustainable means. We’ve received so much positive feedback from residents that metering is working for them as conservation and, in many cases, a money-saving tool. We’re pleased to be able to offer these incentives to continue the momentum for our metering program. We don’t want people to become complacent. Water conservation is important year-round, each year."
The City will track water reduction by monitoring water meters until the potential goal of 48 million litres has been achieved. Progress will be posted regularly on a special Take Control sign located next to Charlottetown’s historic Malpeque Road Water Works Station.
Progress will also be posted at www.BeWaterFriendly.com, a website that also includes more information on the Take Control program, a range of conservation tips, and an online Water Usage Calculator to help customers gauge their household water consumption.
Photo cutline: Councillor Edward Rice, Chair of the City’s Water and Sewer Utility, and Fenton Bambrick, Utility Meter Person, displays equipment for a residential water meter installation as part of the Take Control Program, an initiative designed to convert flat-rate water customers to water meters by offering incentives to make the switch.
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