Water meters can be installed within a home or wherever the water is collected or used. Modern water meters are usually digital and can record the water usage over a long period of time. Water meters are only designed for cold and transportable water. If metering of hot water is required, special meters designed to withstand the heat must be used.
The customer gets to decide how the water meter is sized and issued. The customer is responsible for paying for the water meter. Water meters are borrowed and a deposit is required when the water meter is borrowed. If the water meter is returned without damage, the deposit is returned, according to Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility. The utility service can be discontinued if the customer does not install the water meter within 30 days.
The water meter utility is inspected remotely on a meter. After a water meter has been installed, the water meter will be tested within 48 hours to ensure that the water meter is functioning properly, according to Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility. Direct reading sealed encoded registers must be installed on all water meters. When the water meter is installed, the register on the water meter must be new, according to the City of Coquitlam.
Water meters are installed for every service connection. The size of the water meter is determined by the size of the utility, according to Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility. Water meters are often required for multi-family homes that have four families or more. The water meter must be installed horizontally with the plumbing where the register is located facing upwards, according to Coquitlam. Extra features such as strainers or isolation valves must be installed if necessary.
Water meter bypasses are only installed if the utility company decides that the bypass feature is necessary for health and safety reasons, according to Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility.
The water meter must be maintained by the utility company and any normal wear and tear must be repaired by the utility company, according to Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility.
In a city, the water meter is placed between the interface and the private water system. Meters are usually placed on landscaped areas if possible, according to Coquitlam. Otherwise, the meter is usually placed in a parking stall. The meter cannot be installed on a roadway or driveway.
The type of water meter that is used in connection with the utility must have a long history of functioning properly and the specific water meter must have longevity, according to Coquitlam.
Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility: Water Meters
City of Coquitlam: Water Meter