The way Peterborough Utilities' customers are charged for water usage in the city of Peterborough will soon change. The first step is to install water meters in all homes in the city. The Peterborough Utilities Commission (PUC) has contracted Elster to manufacture your water meter and oversee the installation of water meters in all city homes. Your water meter will be installed by Metercor, a Canadian owned company with over 80 years of combined experience in water meter installation. Very soon, Metercor will begin installing water meters. Through a notice in your mailbox, Metercor will let you know when they are in your neighbourhood and how to book an installation appointment. For more information on your meter installation contact Metercor at 705-745-8500. Continuing Communication
The installation will take place inside your home where the water service line enters - usually in your basement or crawl space. Don't worry if you do not know where the service line enters your home, the installer should be able to determine the location. Once the meter is installed it will measure the amount of water entering your home from the main water line. The meter will have state of the art technology that allows meter readings to be taken remotely, so meter readers will not have to enter your home. To learn how to read your water meter click here.
The PUC will be in touch with city residents throughout the installation process and while you adjust to your new meter. We will also provide you with information on how to read your meter and tips on water-saving activities that you and your family can undertake. You can also visit our "Frequently Asked Questions" section for additional information.
Why Do We Need Water Meters?
1. To create a fair payment system
Right now, billing for water is based on the number of rooms in your home plus the size of your lot, plus an additional charge for those with a pool. Just like with your electric meter, you will be able to see exactly how much water your household is using. For many people the potential money savings will be an incentive to use less water. The water meter will also allow you to determine if water is being wasted through leaks in your home.
LESS WATER = $AVINGS
2. To minimize stress on the wastewater treatment plant
With less water being used in our homes the amount of wastewater entering the city treatment plant will be reduced. This will help lower the costs of wastewater treatment which means money savings for all of us in the long run!
On average, a Peterborough resident uses 100 litres of water per day morethan the average Canadian. For the whole city this is almost three billion litres = a year, approximately the same amount of water in Little Lake!
3. To conserve our precious water resource
While the Peterborough region has lots of water, it’s an important resource that needs our protection.
Metering of water usage based on consumption should reduce city water demands by approximately 15-20%. Reducing the amount of water your family uses doesn’t have to be difficult. With water meters, saving water can help the environment and save you money!
For more information please contact Hans Kamping, Superintendent Water Distribution at (705) 748-9301 ext 1296 or by e-mail at email@example.com