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Installation of river water meters starts 19 June 2017

More than 900 river water meters will soon be installed at all St George properties to help Council understand how river water is being used.

Mayor Richard Marsh said the primary purpose of the meters was to understand how much river water was being used by residents.

“Water is our most valuable commodity and it would be irresponsible of Council not to monitor its use,” he said.

“Council will be able to better manage the region’s water resources if we have an understanding of our residents’ usage patterns.

“Residents will not be charged for their usage of river water at this point in time but once usage data has been gathered Council will, in the future, use it to develop an appropriate rating model.”

Council received six tenders for the installation of 925 meters and awarded the $105,380 contract to Lightn Plumbing.

Cr Marsh said the initial installation of meters required a licensed plumber, but once installed Council would service the infrastructure.

“It is estimated the installation of all the meters will take 13 weeks,” he said.

“The residential river water supply to residences will be interrupted at the time of installation as the meters will be inserted into the supply pipes.

“The meters will be situated outside the property boundary and we have been advised they should only take a couple of hours to install.

“These works are not anticipated to interfere with our bore water supplies.”

Residents and businesses will be advised of work in their vicinity via a letter box drop prior to work beginning. 

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