As Metro Vancouver moves to implement stage 1 water restrictions two weeks ahead of schedule on May 15th, it’s also launching a two year study looking at the benefits and drawbacks of residential water metering.
North Vancouver Mayor and Utilities Committee Chairman Darrell Mussatto says White Rock, West Vancouver and parts of Richmond and Langley all use water meters, but it’s looking at a universal system.
“The benefits of water metering, the biggest is it reduces water consumption. If you have to pay for how much you use people are a little bit more judicious and they try to conserve a little bit of their dollars so they use less water. The negatives are it doesn’t always save us a lot of money.”
But he says installing, reading, and billing is expensive.
“So it significantly increases the cost of water to an average person. Now if you didn’t use much water and you had a water meter you are going to pay less but certainly single family homes if they are watering their lawn they are going to start to see their bills go up.”
Mussatto says water meters cost between 400-1000 dollars to install on each home and up to 50 bucks annually for reading and billing.
Meanwhile lawn sprinkling restrictions to 3 days a week on designated days will come into effect May 15th.