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Water Systems Fees and Regulation Bylaw No. 1268, 2009 - Repeals Bylaw No. 1108

Consolidated Water Systems Fees and Regulation Bylaw No. 1268, 2009 - Repeals Bylaw No. 1108

Water system Bylaws

The digital display on your water meter needs a flashlight for it to light up.

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HOW FRIGGEN STUPID, AND WHAT A WASTE OF MONEY PEOPLE DON'T HAVE!!!

WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND CONSIDER WATER METERS A WAY TO SAVE WATER?  WATER METERS ONLY COST MORE MONEY FOR WATER!  SHOULDN'T THE MONEY BE PUT INTO FINDING MORE WATER INSTEAD?  PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE BROKE WITH NO WATER!  THE THINKING OF SOME PEOPLE ... UNBELIEVABLE.

WHO DO YOU KNOW THAT WASTES WATER ON PURPOSE?

WE DON'T KNOW ANYONE EXCEPT ONE PROPERTY AT FINTRY DELTA WHO WE SEEN LEFT THEIR SPRINKLER ON LOW ALL DAY.

MAYBE THE PROPERTY OWNER DIDN'T LIKE WHAT HE WAS OVERCHARGED FOR WATER (close to $700 per year) AND WANTED TO GET HIS MONEYS WORTH?

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Armstrong avoids wireless water meters
By Roger Knox - Vernon Morning Star - April 01, 2012


Coun. Sully O’Sullivan, City of Armstrong public works committee, chairperson displays the water meters that will be installed in the city.
Roger Knox/Morning Star

Concerns about using wireless technology to install water meters in Armstrong homes have been addressed.

Council has voted unanimously to purchase iPerl meters and wired touchpad water meter devices to install in homes.

The option was one of three presented to council from Corix Utilities. It was the only option that did not involve wireless technology, and was the lowest priced choice at $676,000.

“All prices include supply, installation, estimated additional plumbing costs, a 10 per cent contingency and net HST,” said Coun. Sully O’Sullivan, chairperson of the city’s public works committee.

The city has already installed about 200 of the old-style water meters on some homes, and O’Sullivan said those will be place until they break down, and will be replaced.

Mayor Chris Pieper said there about 1,400 water meters left to be installed.

The city budgeted $850,000 for meter installation in 2011.

“I’m happy we don’t have to borrow from ourselves,” said Coun. Ryan Nitchie, as the city had $400,000 from its water reserve bookmarked for the installation, and another $268,000 will come from gas tax revenue.

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Monitor and track system water consumption by household to support a rate schedule for fee recovery. - From page 15 RDCO Annual Report

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ARMSTRONG BC WATER METER PETITION SEES SWELL OF SUPPORT

May 22, 2011 article in the Vernon Morning Star

Water Meter petition sees swell of support - May 22, 2011 Vernon Morning Star

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Water meter system ridiculous
Summerland Review - May 18, 2011

Dear Editor:

In response to Mark Richards’ letter of May 11, “Water meters needlessly complicated.” Yes. The water meter situation is completely ridiculous and needlessly complicated.

As with over 150 other property owners in Summerland, I also have a large property with a complete irrigation system that has run off a separate line for decades. The water line to my house is half-inch and will need to be upgraded to at least three-quarters. The meter that is in the house will need to be relocated, the interior finishing and plumbing completely changed, the yard will need to be dug up, and the pipes to the irrigation system will need to be completely re-routed. Why?

The city is aware that the half-inch line that services the house will not service the irrigation system. There are two separate lines to the property. The city is willing to let me use either of the two (half-inch or one-inch) lines, however, they will not allow me to use both. I have also offered to pay for the second meter a cost of about $300.

The city’s response has been to cut the line to the over 150 properties that have had this existing service.

Now we are all scrambling to keep our properties alive as the summer heat approaches.

My system has been upgraded over the years to include micro-irrigation to reduce the amount of water use. The system is on a timer, and set regularly throughout the season to minimize the use of water.

Here is the good news for the city:

o I will pay for the second meter to avoid what will be a 10,000 bill of restructuring what I already have.

o I will also be paying for water delivery charges during the seven winter months that the system is not in service.

The city is simply not able to provide a good reasoned argument for all of this other than that of “a line drawn in the sand”. I would suggest that these similar property owners request a variance to these ridiculous, restrictive, and utterly non-common sensible water metering rules.

If I were to ask any other agency, i.e., hydro-electric or gas, for an additional meter to my property, it would simply happen, and the meter would be free. When discussed with the city the answer is no. Absolutely no consideration for the tax payer of which I own 4 properties in the Summerland area. Absolutely no consideration for common sense. If the Mayor wishes to contact me to clear this mess up, or if any of the other 150+ persons wish to contact me, please do so 604-948-1963.

Dave Kranjc
Summerland

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Resident slams funds for meters
Vernon Morning Star - By Roger Knox - November 06, 2010

Robert Thibeau believes Armstrong council is all wet with its desire to install water meters throughout the community.

Thibeau, who spearheaded a successful alternate approval process petition to deny council’s bid to borrow money to install meters, is angry that council is now looking at getting grant money to fund the project.

“At no time has this council sought to and/or obtained the approval of the majority of Armstrong voters to proceed with a water metering program,” said Thibeau.

“At no time has the majority of Armstrong voters given consent, implicit or otherwise, to spend our tax dollars on a water metering program.”

City council announced in October it would apply for funds from the B.C. government’s Towns For Tomorrow program to help pay for the process of installing the meters.

Armstrong had hoped to borrow $450,000 of the estimated $750,000 price tag in the summer to pay for water meter installation.

But the alternate approval process defeated the plan when more than 10 per cent of the population voted against it.

Thibeau said of all the Armstrong taxpayers he spoke with, 94 per cent signed the alternate approval petition; that only three per cent of these people were in favour of water meters but were against borrowing the money to fund them; six per cent didn’t care one way or another, and, according to Thibeau, 91 per cent were against both the borrowing of money and mandatory installation of water meters.

“If you are even remotely considering approval of council’s grant application, may I suggest that you make mandatory the condition that council must seek Armstrong resident approval in a binding referendum,” said Thibeau.

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Meters promote water conservation
Vernon Morning Star - By Richard Rolke - November 06, 2010

Water meters are coming to two North Westside Road neighbourhoods.

The Central Okanagan Regional District board has added $75,000 to the financial plan to cover water meter installation at Killiney Beach and Westshore Estates.

“Next year we will monitor the use to see how much we’re charging for water and we want to see how much water is being used,” said director Jim Edgson.

“The meters will help with water conservation and they will show whether people need to improve their water usage.”

The additional $75,000 will come from provincial gas tax funding, and it was required because of rising costs and the number of seasonal residences.

“We’re having difficulties getting a hold of people to install the meters in their homes,” said Edgson.

“Instead of waiting until next year, we will use the gas tax on installing meter pits outside.”

Pit meters involve excavation work which means installation is higher than placing them inside a home.


The total budget for meters will now be $450,000, including $260,000 for Killiney Beach and $190,000 for Westshores.

“The projects are now scheduled to be completed in 2010 rather than spread over two years to take advantage of cost-saving efficiencies,” said Marilyn Rilkoff, finance director, in a written memo to the board.

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.pdf icon October 25, 2010 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Board Meeting

Water System Study Grant

The Regional Board has received a letter outlining a successful infrastructure planning grant from the Provincial Government. A total of $10,000 will be provided for a characterization study to assist in determining future water treatment needs for the Killiney and Westshore Water Systems in order to comply with the Drinking Water Objectives outlined by Interior Health.

.pdf icon October 25, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 3.2 Ministry of Community and Rural Development.pdf

Agenda NO: 3.2
Mtg Date: Oct 25/10

Ref: 137110

September 27,2010

Mr. Robert Hobson, Chair
and Members of the Board
Central Okanagan Regional District
1450 KLO Road
Kelowna BC V1W 3Z4

Dear Chair Hobson and Board Members:
On behalf of the Province of British Columbia (Province), I am pleased to advise you that your application under the Local Government Grants Act for an infrastructure planning grant has been approved for the following project:

Grant Description
Okanagan Lake Water Characterization Study- Killiney-and Westshore Water Systems
Amount $10,000

Details of the terms and conditions attached to this grant will be dealt with in an agreement which will be forwarded to you by Ministry of Community and Rural Development (Ministry) staff as soon as possible. This agreement must be signed and returned to the Ministry, indicating your acceptance of the terms and conditions.

The Province welcomes the opportunity to support planning in the Central Okanagan Regional District. We believe that early planning is the best way to ensure that the environmental and health needs of your community will continue to be met in the years ahead.

Through your planning efforts, the Province encourages you to find ways to use new technology to promote environmental excellence and sustainable economic development.

Congratulations on your successful application and my best wishes with your infrastructure study.

Ben Stewart
Minister

.pdf icon October 25, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Board Meeting Minutes

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.pdf icon October 25, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 3.1 OBWB Meeting Highlights - October 2010.pdf

BOARD REPORT: October 5, 2010

Okanagan Basin Water Board Meeting Highlights

Water pricing survey results: Results from the first of two phases of the water pricing survey, completed by Urban Systems Ltd, are in. The report provides a baseline understanding of water pricing in the Okanagan. With responses from 20 different water utilities in the valley, highlighted findings include: Over 50 different pricing formulas are currently used by the
responding utilities, and although 64% of connections are metered, only 25% of those connections are using volumetric pricing. The current price of water varies widely from $0.15/m3 to $1.20/m3
.

Valley-wide drought watch signs being developed: The OBWB is working with local and provincial governments to develop standardized road signs that would indicate a community's current level of drought. Similar in style and purpose to the widely-recognized fire danger signs, the signs would provide a clear and current indication of the local drought conditions. The steering committee is working on the sign prototype-look for implementation of the signs in 2011.

Innovative Approaches Proposal submitted: Together with leading experts in agricultural economics, policy development, and law, the Water Board has submitted a major proposal to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Innovative Approaches Program. If successful, the proposed project would turn a $50,000 OBWB investment into a $1.6 million study that would investigate the possibility of an agricultural water reserve in the Okanagan and the development a water pricing policy toolkit. The study would attempt to determine the true value of water and irrigated lands in the Okanagan when considering the values of food security, regional aesthetics and tourism, and ecological habitat.

From Rain to Resource Workshop Upcoming: There are a few spaces left in the upcoming workshop. The two-day event, co-hosted by the OBWB and the B.C. Water and Waste Association, will be held October 28 and 29 at the Best Western Inn, Kelowna. The event has two streams: one for engineers, planners, and architects who deal with the technical aspects of
rainwater management, and one for those developing policy around rainwater management, including elected officials and senior municipal staff.

To register, please visit: http://www.bcwwa.org/seminars/RtoR.htm.
For more information, please visit: www.OBWB.ca

.pdf icon October 25, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Board Meeting Minutes

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Westside meter costs rise
Vernon Morning Star - October 16, 2010

Installing water meters in two North Westside Road neighbourhoods is costing more than expected.

The Central Okanagan Regional District board has approved spending an additional $75,000 to complete installation of water meters in the Westshore and Killiney Beach water systems.

“A total of $225,000 was earmarked for the metering project,” said Chris Radford, environmental services director, in a written report.

“Due to the nature of the subdivisions (seasonal residences) and in some cases the configuration of the water servicing, pit meters are required to ensure all water use is captured. Pit meters involve excavation work and therefore a higher installation price compared to an inside installation.”

The extra $75,000 will come from the gas tax community works fund.

“Utilization of these funds for the completion of this project will ensure reserve funds held within the utility can go toward other future capital improvements,” said Radford.

As well, the board has approved providing refunds to six residents who paid water meter deposits as part of their new construction permits while the universal metering program was underway this year.

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Meter program siphons support
Vernon Morning Star - By Roger Knox - October 16, 2010

Armstrong council looks to tap into some provincial funds to help pay for community water meters.

The city will apply for funds from the provincial government’s Towns For Tomorrow program to help pay for the process of installing water meters.

“Council still supports the process of installing water meters in our community, but we can’t borrow the money so we’re going to try the grant process,” said Armstrong Mayor Chris Pieper.

Armstrong had hoped to borrow $450,000 of the estimated $750,000 price tag in the summer to pay for water meter installation.

But an alternate approval process defeated the plan when more than 10 per cent of the population voted against it.

“The maximum we can get (from Towns For Tomorrow) is $400,000 so that’s a good start,” said Pieper. “If we can get that, we can definitely get going on it.”

According to its website, Towns for Tomorrow provides funding for infrastructure projects that address climate change and contribute to the overall health, sustainability and livability of communities.

The program provides up to 80 per cent of the funding for approved projects. Under the revised program structure, communities with populations under 5,000 will continue to cost–share with the province on an 80/20 basis, with a maximum provincial contribution of $400,000.

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October 14, 2010 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Water Meter Installation Project Funding

The Regional Board has approved spending an additional $75,000 from the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area Gas Tax Community Works Fund to complete installation of water meters in the Westshore and Killiney Beach water systems.

Due to the seasonal nature of the two subdivisions and in some cases the configuration of water servicing, more costly pit water meters are required to ensure the universal nature of the water meter program throughout the two systems.

As well, the Board approved providing refunds to approximately six residents who paid water meter deposits as part of their new construction permits while the universal metering program was underway this year.

October 14, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

Item 5.3 Universal Metering Project.pdf

Agenda No: 5.3
Mtg Date: Oct. 14, 2010
REGIONAL DISTRICT
of CENTRAL OKANAGAN
ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT REPORT
TO: Chair & Members of the Regional Board
FROM: Chris Radford, Director of Environmental Services
DATE: October 7,2010
SUBJECT: Regional District Water Systems Universal Water Metering
LOCATION: Central Okanagan Electoral Area West

RECOMMENDATION:
1. THAT the Board authorizes transfer of Gas Tax-Community Works Fund in the amount of $75,000 to complete the universal metering project in Killiney Beach and West Shore Estates

2. And Further that Board authorizes refunds to residents that have paid meter deposits on new installations during the period of the funded program (2010).

PURPOSE: To utilize a portion Gas Tax Funds received in the electoral areas to implement water demand management strategies, establish consumption based user rates and baseline data required for subsequent funding applications on Regional water systems.

BACKGROUND: The Regional Board approved transfer of .Community Works Funds in December of 2009 for system improvements, which included a universal metering project. Cost estimates were based on traditional inside installations. A total of $255,000 was earmarked for the metering project. Due to the nature of the subdivisions (seasonal residences) and in some cases the configuration of the water servicing, pit meters are required to ensure all water use is captured. Pit meters involve excavation work and therefore a higher installation price compared to an inside installation. Utilization of these funds for the completion of this project will ensure reserve funds held within the utility can go toward other future capital improvements. Currently, the Gas Tax -Community Works fund comprises of: COW -$236,842.

ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES STAFF COMMENTS: The installation of residential water meters on the Regional water systems will reinforce Regional Board's commitment to foster responsible water stewardship in the Okanagan as referenced in the Strategic Plan.

Respectfully submitted
Chris Tadford, AScT
Director of Environmental Services.

October 14, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

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Health concerns used to justify water meters
Summerland Review - September 15, 2010

Dear Editor:

Back in February this year, residents of Summerland, received notice that they were now required to reconnect their irrigation systems to an indoor, metered water source.

This was required by the provisions on a 1988 bylaw 2358. This bylaw required that stop and drain valves be removed from the irrigation system as they constituted a potential threat of cross-contamination.

The cost of these new requirements to be borne by the residents.

These residents had been operating their irrigation systems for decades, some fed directly from the water main, others taken off the supply line to the residence before the water meter.

Without the amendments to bylaw 2358, metering of the irrigation water use would require outside “pit” meters which would meter both water systems.

In some cases where two connections existed, one for irrigation and one for domestic use, two water meters would be needed.

These situations were overlooked when the contract with Neptune was approved, and only a limited number of metres and pit metres were included in the $1.9 million contract.

Normally when a bylaw is amended it cannot be applied retroactively, respecting owners grandfathering rights.

There is however one surefire way to negate these rights, raise a public health issue.

When asked for an explanation for condemning stop and drain valves the Superintendent of Public Works said it was an Interior Health requirement.

Interior Health, said no such communication was sent to Summerland Municipality.

Then Engineering and Public Works said these devices were identified by American Water Works Association Manual.

There is no such reference in the current issue of this document.

Finally the Dept. of Engineering has justified their action with, “It should be noted that whether or not there is agreement on the potential risks presented by stop and drains, the District remains free to exceed any standard outlined in Cross Connection Control recommendations.”

This is true, but why now?

Consider the timing, how our mayor tried so hard to separate the issue of cross contamination from water metering, and how she rejected claims that the metering program was under funded. Where does the council stand on this issue?

According to our mayor, “Council is in agreement with the course of action being taken by our Public Works Superintendent and are confident it is the correct approach for Summerland.”

Are council and staff really protecting our water supply or have they some other agenda?

John McGough
Summerland

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WATER RATES
Vernon Morning Star - August 31, 2010

I received our second quarterly bill for water consumption and it showed our household used 12.5 cubic metres from April 1 to the end of June.

During he previous three-month period, we used 15.5 cubic metres, for a six-month total of 28 cubic metres We were expected to use 40 cubic metres in that same period, so we conserved 12 cubic metres of water, more than half of a three-month allotment. We get this water conservation concept.

However, we paid for 40 cubic metres, or put another way, we paid 30 per cent more for that water than a customer who used 40 cubic metres.

It sure pays to conserve.

When I received our first bill, I went to the NORD office and spoke with Al Cotsworth and he told me that "snowbirds" were to blame for the new water rate structure. Apparently they are not using enough water, yet are benefitting from the infrastructure improvements being made to the water delivery system.

As well, our household is in the very small minority of households that uses less water than the average (20 cubic metres/three months) household.

He mentioned that only four or five other households had contacted him after receiving their first bill under the new rate structure. I suggested to him that households that conserve water should have their balance carried forward to the next period, just like cell phone minutes.

This logical suggestion seemed to be beyond the capability of the billing system and might I suggest, beyond the grasp of the politicians and bureaucrats that set the water rates.

At the end of the day, our household will stop conserving water if the rate structure does not change. Twelve cubic metres would be a good start to filling an in-ground pool.

Congratulations NORD, you have just created a water guzzler. Now I just have to figure out how to get some level of government to give me the money to pay for my pool?

Hey Colin Mayes, I have a shovel-ready project. Is there any infrastructure money left that needs to be spent?

Greg Allan

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Borrowing denied for water meters
Vernon Morning Star - By Roger Knox - July 29, 2010

The City of Armstrong plans to continue its desire to install water meters at all residences, but it’s going to have to find a new way to fund the project.

An alternate approval process that would have allowed the city to borrow the remaining $450,000 of the $750,000 price tag was defeated by residents.

“If more than 10 per cent of the population voted no, which would have been around 320 signatures, the matter would be defeated, and although the final numbers aren’t in, the indications are that there are more than 400 signatures, so it’s dead,” said Armstrong Mayor Chris Pieper.

“We won’t be going ahead with borrowing money for now.”

The residents’ reaction surprised the mayor.

“There were people in the community campaigning against it and to get 400 names from a small community isn’t that difficult, but we accept that,” said Pieper.

“Council might not have done its complete due diligence in informing the public (about the situation). It was not about getting approval to install water meters, it was about borrowing the money to do it all at once.”

Pieper said his council is still strongly supportive of installing water meters in the community.

“We’ll probably continue on a slower pace and it’ll take many years to put the water meters in rather than doing them all at once,” he said.

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Water meter installation system flawed
Summerland Review - March 24, 2010

Dear Editor:

Once again the municipal administration has shown its true colours — inexperienced and unprofessional.

The water meter program is mandatory and was touted as being “no cost” to the homeowner.

However, it is apparent that someone did not do their homework. It turns out there are many homes (exact number not known) that will require expensive alterations to irrigation systems.

The municipality and/or the contractor did not do the necessary background work and the bid was too low to do the alterations to install meters at the road — too much expensive digging.

After a trip to municipal hall and two trips to the public works office, I was told they would have to put another $500,000 in to cover the properties that require alteration (an estimated 500 properties.)

So what do they do? They pass the cost to the homeowner.

They will give these select homeowners a year to make the alterations.

Most municipalities put the water meter at the road and it picks up all the water used.

When the meter is put in the house, people can easily bypass it.

Water theft in some areas of Ontario that have them in the house is estimated that the overall loss is five per cent.


Regardless of all this, I made my appointment with Neptune for Friday, March 19 to have the meter installed in my crawl space and what happens? No one shows up.

I called the 800 number two hours later and received an apology from the person answering the phone but what annoys me is that I adjusted my work schedule to fit this in.

Do they think their time is worth more than mine?

I am not impressed.

David Balfour
Summerland

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Metering policy has changed
Summerland Review - March 24, 2010

Dear Editor:

To the attention of all taxpayers and concerned citizens of Summerland, who are affected by the new bylaw from the old bylaw.

Where has the grandfather’s clause gone?

In the fall of 2009, we the passengers were informed of a free ride on the Water Meter Express, meaning at no cost to us.

No cost to those who have irrigation lines with a split off prior to water reaching the home.

Having said this, those of us whose property is an acre and a quarter or less were not permitted to install irrigation systems themselves if qualified to do so or not.

It’s been quite apparent thus far that the individuals who have been hired to do the work were unqualified, i.e.: problems that have occurred since installation.

Now that the meter rules have changed to the new bylaw, we the passengers are stranded at Station 1 with the responsibility of a costly bill to get to Station 2 etc. Engineers, chief conductors and porters take surveys of lines tracks etc. and then make an evaluation before they put the tender up for bids.

I don’t believe the operators of the water meter express have done their homework.

Now we the passengers are the victims of their mistakes.

The porters of the round house have us confused?

So please, brakeman, put us back on track before the chief conductors and porters de-rail us at the roundabout.

Let’s get on board, let off steam and blow our whistles.

Edith Arnold
Summerland

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Water meter shortcomings raised
Summerland Review - By John Arendt - May 05, 2010

Complaints and questions flooded in as council heard from residents with questions about the water metering program on Monday morning.

Residential water meters have been installed over the winter.

In most instances, the meters were installed in houses, although a handful have been installed in pits outside, near the edge of the property.

The in-house meters are installed at no cost to the homeowner, but there is a fee for the installation of a pit meter.

David Balfour said the municipality should have gone with more expensive pit installation rather than requiring meters in the home.

Meters are installed in the home except in cases where access inside the house is not possible. In those cases, a pit meter is installed at the municipality’s cost.

When a homeowner has requested a pit meter be installed, the homeowner is charged $750 for the work.

Municipal staff do not recommend pit meters in the community.

He said the pit meters are common in Vancouver and can measure all water coming onto the property from the municipal water line.

When meters are installed in the house, there is no way to determine if there is a leak in the pipe between the municipal water main and the house. This is easy to spot if the meter is at the property’s edge, he said.

Bob Carter said a pit meter would make sense on his property. Near the edge of his property, the water line splits with one portion to his home and another to an irrigation system.

“To dig up my entire yard to redesign my system doesn’t make sense,” he said.

He offered to pay the cost of the pit meter.

Dave Hill of the public works department said the regulations in place in Summerland require all residential irrigation systems go through the house.

Others said their underground irrigation systems will be affected because of the flow regulations.

The regulations allow watering of up to six imperial gallons per minute per acre. This figure is adjusted depending on the size of the property.

The smallest residential lots in Summerland could still use two gallons per minute.

Underground irrigation systems are allowed a flow of 10 gallons per minute.

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Meter costs protested
Summerland Review - April 21, 2010

A Summerland woman is upset about the costs involved in getting a water meter installed at her home.

Edith Arnold said she was initially told there would be no cost in getting the meter installed at her home on Sinclair Road.

But later, she was told there would be a significant charge in order to put the meter in a pit on her property.

Because of the layout of the pipes on her property, she said the meter has to go outside. To have the meter in the house would involve digging eight metres to reconfigure the water line, a method just as pricey as installing the outside meter.

Since early February, Arnold has circulated a petition and is collecting signatures of others opposed to the water meter installation fees.

At present, she has collected more than 300 names, with signatures still being collected.

She plans to present the petition to municipal council at the April 26 meeting.

The petition is coming near the end of the water meter installation project. The last of the meter installation work is expected to be completed next month.

Arnold said she is not opposed to the water meters but only to the additional prices she has to pay.

“The should do what they said. No cost to the homeowners,” she said.

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$738.76 water meter?

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Fed money for last water meter installation
Kelowna Capital News - July 02, 2010

Stockwell Day (Photo)

Nearly 500 residents in Killiney Beach and Westshores Estates are receiving water meters thanks to a $345,000 grant under the federal Gas Tax Fund.

The Central Okanagan Regional district says these are the last of the regional district’s five water systems to receive meters––a measure designed to promote sustainable water use and efficiency.

“Fresh water is one of our most treasured natural resources and it should be well managed,” said Okanagan-Coquihalla MP and federal Treasury Board president Stockwell Day.

“Through the Gas Tax Fund, the Government of Canada is supporting the Central Okanagan Regional District in its efforts to improve water management to ensure the long-term sustainability of its communities.”

Regional district chairman Robert Hobson said the water meters would be an important tool for measuring demand for treated water.

“Based on the experience of other metered water systems, the regional district anticipates these new meters will provide an opportunity for individuals to reduce their water bills by better understanding their water use and taking steps to control their consumption,” said Hobson.

“The meters should also result in reduced repair costs by extending the life of existing equipment on the water systems.”

The Canadian government’s gas tax reimbursements are given to municipalities as part of a tripartite agreement between Canada, British Columbia and the Union of BC Municipalities, delivering infrastructure funding to local governments for capital projects that lead to cleaner air, cleaner water or reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

The UBCM administers the Gas Tax Fund in this province in collaboration with Infrastructure Canada and the B.C. government.

$345,000 water meter grant divided by

 Killiney Beach 478 lots
Westshore Estates 531 lots
Total 1009 lots
= $341.92 cost of water meter

or

Killiney Beach 268 approx water users
Westshore Estates 199 approx water users
Total 467 water users
= $738.76 cost of water meter

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Armstrong residents get a say if they have water meters installed, only because they have to borrow the money.

Residents get say on meters
Vernon Morning Star - Roger Knox - June 17, 2010

Armstrong residents opposed to having water meters installed have a chance to have their say.

The city wants to borrow $437,109 of the estimated $750,000 universal water metering capital works project. The amount borrowed must be repaid within 20 years.

“We now advertise the plan for two consecutive weeks, and the electorate has a month to reply,” said Armstrong Mayor Chris Pieper. “We would need 10 per cent of the electorate, which is 309 signatures, to register a complaint or comments, opposed to us borrowing the money.”

The city’s goal is to install water meters in all remaining properties.

Responses have to be in no later than 30 days after the last advertisement in The Morning Star, which is slated for June 23. Thus, the deadline day is no later than 4 p.m. July 24.

To be eligible to sign against the motion, a person has to be an eligible voter in the City of Armstrong, and they must include their full name, residential address and signature. If signing as a property elector, a person must include full residential address of the Armstrong property, along with the person’s current residential address.

Alternate approval forms are available at Armstrong city hall, or at www.cityofarmstrong.bc.ca.

Residents get a say on water meters - Armstrong BC
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Killiney Beach - Westshore Water Systems Metering Program

Start Date: Underway

Sub. Comp. Date: fall 2010

Project Cost (estimated):

Unit Cost : Funding for this program is provided through RDCO water system reserves and by the Canadian Gas Tax Fund (GTF) for the Canada-BC-Union of BC Municipalities Agreement on the Transfer of Federal Gas Tax Revenues

Taxation/Unit/Year:

Project Site Plan:

Killiney Beach Water System Area Map
Westshore Water System Area Map
 

Description:

The Regional District has contracted Neptune Technology Group (Canada) Limited to supply and install the latest in water metering technology for properties connected to the Killiney Beach and Westshore water utility service area. These meters are equipped with transmitters that allow them to be read remotely, so meter readers do not have to enter a residence.
Universal water meter programs provide many benefits. Aside from rate rewards for customers who conserve and use lower water volumes, meters help to defer the need for costly infrastructure upgrades and reduce the costs of water and waste water treatment. As well, utilities can gather more accurate, detailed information about consumption and usage patterns and helps identify 'leaks' and other system problems.

The specific water meters used in this program have a special feature that enables a resident to see whether there are any 'leaks'.

Neptune will go through a phased door to door installation program. First customers will receive a booklet delivered to their residence outlining the details of the water meter installation program. Once received, you may contact Neptune directly to schedule a convenient appointment for your water meter installation. A standard installation takes about one hour from start to finish, barring any modifications that might be required.

Neptune has successfully completed water meter installations for other Regional District water utilities (also those now with the District of West Kelowna), Westbank and Lakeview Irrigation Districts and the District of Peachland.

Current Status:

Phased neighbourhood water meter installation program is underway.
Public Information Meeting held April 14th at Killiney Beach Community Hall -
Link to Water Meter Project Information Letter
Link to Water Meter Information Display Panel
Link to Water Meter Project Display Panel

Contractor: Neptune Technology Group (Canada) Limited

RDCO Contact: Environmental Services, Phone: (250) 469-6241 Fax: (250) 762-7011 Email: engineer "at" cord.bc.ca

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Regional District of Central Okanagan Bylaw #1268 explains water meter piping for water meter installation

RDCO Bylaw #1268 water meter installation guidelines.

You are not suppose to dig the soil holding your footings for your foundation, so if there is no pipe in the floor for your water system, not sure how you can get a pipe into the house through the floor?

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click pamphlet page 1 of 2 for larger print

 


click pamphlet page 2 of 2 for larger print

We were shown that if you shine a flashlight on the display of the water meter,
that the display will show you the numbers, otherwise you can't see the numbers in the display and it looks like the battery is dead.  Apparently the battery in the water meters last for years.

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This Universal Water Metering Project pamphlet was also a hand-out to everyone who attended the
April 14, 2010 meeting at Killiney Beach Hall.

Universal Water Metering Project
page 1 of 2
Universal Water Metering Project handout April 14, 2010 page 1 of 2
click page to read larger print

 

Universal Water Metering Project
page 2 of 2
includes Water Conservation
Water conservation hand-out at the April 14, 2010 meeting held at Killiney Beach Hall page 2 of 2
click page to read larger print

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Regional District of Central Okanagan Board Agenda July 7, 2007
Regional Board Report July 4, 2007
Bylaw Amendment to the Regional District of Central Okanagan Water Systems Bylaw No. 1108, 2006

Re: Utility Corridors, Water Meter Fees, Turn Water On and Off Fees, Hydrant Use Permit, Pressure Reducing Valve.

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Highlights of the Regional Board Meeting– June 12, 2006

Water Meter Grant Application Supported

The Regional Board supports an application from the District of Peachland to the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB). The municipality is asking the OBWB for a $30,000 grant that will be used to supply and install water meters, as well as conduct a public education and water conservation program in Peachland.

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