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  Reply # 916035 16-Oct-2013 14:27
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wellygary: Water meters also have another often overlooked benefit, they are very useful in tracking down leaks in the street mains, 

The councils have meters on the major junctions and pumping plants that record the amount of water that goes through those points, by combining this with the sum of water meters from the "downstream" users it is easy to determine where significant losses are occurring in the distribution network, - It is estimated that many networks lose up to 20% in pipe leakage,, before it gets to the end user.

If water meters encourage more people to put in rainwater tanks for garden use all the better, there is no need to use high standard potable water to keep your garden green, 


And I don't suppose that there are any annual standards for leakage reduction that they are obliged to abide by either!





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They can check for leaks without a meter, as they have a special tool. The meter just means that the property owner gets charged for the leak, and they can end up with a huge bill, which IMOH is unfair when some plumbing system has known problems.

 
 
 
 


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I live in Hamilton, and have noticed over the past few years the water restrictions and the blatant flouting of the rules by some residents (not sure if home owners or renters, but who as a renter would water the lawn?)



Personally, if water meters go in at home i will be re-plumbing part of the house (toilet, washing machine, hose) to water tanks.  I will also be installing a grey water tank under the deck and use that for the garden. 



Well my friend the renter in Hamilton waters her vege garden she put in the rented property.
But I guess you assume all renters don't care about the places they live in.

In Auckland water meters and water charges have been around for ages.

If you have a water tank you are charged regardless. You can ask for a tank meter -
http://www.watercare.co.nz/common-content/water-meters/rain_tank_meter/Pages/Rain%20Tank%20Water%20Meter.aspx

$450 - $650 plus $50 admin fee.

Or be charged a fixed fee for your wastewater charges.


 

 

 

 

 

 

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If your household is connected to the public wastewater network – and your primary water supply is a rain tank or bore – you may be able to switch to fixed/volumetric wastewater charging.

 

This means you will pay for the amount of wastewater you are discharging into the public system, based on the volume of water that flows through your water meter. Alternatively, you can continue to pay a fixed charge which stays the same no matter how much wastewater is discharged by your household.

 

How much will it cost to install a rain tank water meter?

 

The costs of installation will vary depending on the location of your pump (inside or outside) relative to the meter and if your private plumbing needs to be upgraded before the meter can be installed.

 

Installation of a rain tank water meter is expected to cost between $450 and $650 depending on complexity (this includes the cost of the water meter, strainer and installation).

 

In addition, Watercare charges a $50 application fee.

 

 

 

 

 

- See more at: http://www.watercare.co.nz/common-content/water-meters/rain_tank_meter/Pages/Rain%20Tank%20Water%20Meter.aspx#sthash.BMVMeabg.dpuf

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rain Tank Water Meter

 

 

 

If your household is connected to the public wastewater network – and your primary water supply is a rain tank or bore – you may be able to switch to fixed/volumetric wastewater charging.

 

This means you will pay for the amount of wastewater you are discharging into the public system, based on the volume of water that flows through your water meter. Alternatively, you can continue to pay a fixed charge which stays the same no matter how much wastewater is discharged by your household.

 

How much will it cost to install a rain tank water meter?

 

The costs of installation will vary depending on the location of your pump (inside or outside) relative to the meter and if your private plumbing needs to be upgraded before the meter can be installed.

 

Installation of a rain tank water meter is expected to cost between $450 and $650 depending on complexity (this includes the cost of the water meter, strainer and installation).

 

In addition, Watercare charges a $50 application fee.

 

 

 

 

 

- See more at: http://www.watercare.co.nz/common-content/water-meters/rain_tank_meter/Pages/Rain%20Tank%20Water%20Meter.aspx#sthash.BMVMeabg.dpuf

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