Time is running out for Charlottetown Water and Sewer Utility customers to take advantage of the City’s voluntary water meter program.
The Take Control program was designed to convert flat-rate water customers to water meters by offering incentives to make the switch. It is only being offered until December 31, 2014.
"Residents on the metered system can track their own water consumption and pay based on what is consumed instead of a flat rate," said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. "Switching to a meter often translates into savings for Utility customers and it also encourages people to conserve the resource."
The goal of the Take Control program is to see 1,000 households moving onto the metered system by the end of 2014. There are less than 350 spaces left.
"Under the Take Control program, the City is covering the cost of the meter installation, which is a $200 value," said Councillor Edward Rice, chair of the City’s Water and Sewer Utility committee. "Customers who are already metered have the added benefit of becoming a ‘Water Saver Champion’ to earn up to a $75 credit toward their own water bill by encouraging others to make the switch to a meter."
As an added incentive, the City’s Utility department is offering a guaranteed rate for one year after install. If a household’s bill increases despite the new meter and the homeowner’s best efforts to conserve, the City will refund the difference to meet the former flat-rate level in 2014.
Research indicates a water meter could save an average of four cubic metres of water 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) of water conserved in the first year. The City will track water reduction by monitoring water meters until the potential goal of 48 million litres has been achieved. Progress is being tracked on a special Take Control sign located on St. Peters Road at the Allen Street intersection.
Progress is also being posted at www.BeWaterFriendly.com, a website that 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.
Signing up for the Take Control program is easy. Fill out the online form at: www.charlottetown.ca by clicking on the ‘Water Meter Program’ button or drop by the Utility department at City Hall at 199 Queen Street.
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