© Guardian photo by Heather Taweel
Fenton Bambrick with Charlottetown's water and sewer utility displays equipment for a residential water meter installation as part of the Take Control program.
A new initiative has been launched by the City of Charlottetown 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.
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.
Already, 300 households have taken advantage of the initiative.
“This new program is a great fit with our current focus on water conservation,” said Edward Rice, chairman of the city’s water and sewer utility.
“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.”
Just the Facts
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) conserved in the first year.