The installation of water meters in all TNRD-operated water systems will improve water conservation, ensure fair billing, and reduce costs, says a report to the regional district’s board of directors.
A report from the TNRD’s environmental services department at this week’s board meeting said the meters will be installed in all 11 TNRD community water systems over the next couple of years.
The installations will be paid for with a $3,475,074 federal gas-tax grant.
“The information generated by a metering program will not only encourage water conservation, but will allow the TNRD to make better informed decisions regarding systems management and will reduce operating costs,” it said.
The report goes on to say water meters have proven effective in reducing water consumption. “By addressing high water use and abuse through metering, over time, every system customer will benefit from better run and managed systems.”
Billing based on the amount of water used, rather than by flat rate, is a fairer system, according to the report.
While water usage in some TNRD systems is very high, it’s relatively conservative in the systems in Electoral Area P — Black Pines, Evergreen and Pritchard. Installations in those three systems will be done using outside pits. Black Pines already has water meters but they’ll be upgraded.
A preliminary list shows installation being done in the following order:
- Del Oro
- Blue River
- Spences Bridge
- Loon Lake
- Maple Mission
- Blacks Pines
I asked if Prichard would be moved up the list if a TNRD application for funding for a filtration system for that community’s water system is successful, and was told since all meter installations are expected to be done by 2021, and it would take longer than that to build a filtration system, it won’t come into play.
— Mel Rothenburger, Director, Electoral Area P, TNRD