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The Ashburton District Council has approved funding for a trial water metering project on the Mayfield water supply for the 2016/17 financial year.
The purpose of the trial is to identify and evaluate the benefits of metering. The key is understanding how much and where the water is being used. This in turn helps Council in its management and future planning for the Mayfield scheme. It is also proposed to make this information available to the community giving consumers the opportunity make informed decisions for their own properties.
Group Manager Service Delivery Neil McCann said some water supplies are more affected by background water leakage than others, and without universal metering it is impossible to work out whether water loss is happening at the network level or due to private plumbing issues.
Mr McCann says Mayfield was chosen due to the supply issues experienced in the area last summer. The pilot project will involve installing water meters on all connections in the area and the information gathered then being used to identify public and private leakage.
Mr McCann also emphasised "There are no plans to change the way residents pay for water".
The cost of the trial will be $37,000 – funded through the group water supply rate – and will be used to install water meters on all water connections. Additional network meters will be added to key network pipelines to create monitoring zones. A handheld remote reader will enable automated meter reading.
A report on the findings will be prepared in 12 months.