Water utility Sub-Metering
Today, utilities are faced with aging
infrastructure and reduced operating budgets while challenged to meet
rising customer demands. Because water meters are a utility's
cash registers, the solution begins with measurement integrity.
Before submetering, many landlords either included the utility cost in
the bulk price of the rent or lease, or divided the utility usage among
the tenants in some way such as equally, by square footage, or some
other means. Without a meter to measure individual usage, there is less
incentive to conserve or stop water leaks, since the other tenants or
landlord may pay all or part of those costs. Submetering creates
awareness of water and energy conservation since the tenant will pay
for all of their usage and any leaks they allow to remain unrepaired.
Conservation also allows property owners to keep the cost of rent
reasonable and fair for all units regardless of how much water or
energy they consume.
Win Win with Value
When homeowners realize that they will be accountable for their water
usage, they are motivated to discover and repair water-wasting leaks.
They fix leaky toilets and replace faulty fixtures. Sub-metering
promotes water conservation on their part, and thus is a saving and
value for everyone concerned.
Since sub-metering also eliminates the domestic water costs from the
association’s budget, it is a very effective way to keep
homeowners dues low. The homeowner readily recognizes the increased
value in their properties, as the individual condo owner will pay only
for the water they use.