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How Do I Connect My Water Meter?

26 October

Are the excessive water bills making you go crazy? It’s about time you got yourself a water meter to keep track of the usage.

Water meters have gained significant popularity among Australian homeowners in the past few years. Not just because these devices help keep track of water usage, but most people consider meters to be the fairest and most appropriate way to charge for services.

Having a water meter helps you only pay for the amount of water you use. Plus, it encourages water conservation, which has become crucial in the age of climate change. That is why regardless of where you live, get a water meter installed.

In this informative article, we have explained everything you need to know about connecting a water meter to your house. So, without further delay, let’s jump right in!

Connecting Your Water Meter

These are the steps you need to follow to install a water meter in your home.

Water Coming From Bathroom Tap

1. Ensure Your Indoor Plumbing Is Ready

First things first, before getting a meter installed, you need to ensure that all the interior plumbing is ready to manage water flow. Check if all the pipes are connected and laid in a proper manner.

We strongly suggest sealing the PVC pipes and soldering all the copper pipes. Also, ensure all your sink fixtures are properly installed and functional.

You might also want cutoffs at all the sinks, toilets, and washing machines. In this way, you will be able to cut off those fixtures that are causing issues without having to stop the water supply completely to the house.

2. Get The Required Permits

Next, you need to go to the local water company that supplies water to your home. The people there will tell you everything about the permits needed to install a water meter. You will most likely be required to pay a fee.

3. Create A Proper Supply Line

You have to use a proper pipe to install the underground line. A 3/4-inch diameter CTS pipe will do the job, as in most cases, water meters are 3/4 inches in size.

Make sure that you avoid the other important underground wires while installing the line. We would further suggest that you get a thermal expansion control device and a backflow preventer, positioning them at the end of the pipe as per the plumbing code.

4. Get The Meter

After you have successfully created a supply line, you need to get hold of the water meter. The local water company will supply it to you, or you can even order it online. Most probably, the water company will not allow you to install it on your own.

So, once you are ready, ask them to come over to your place and install the water meter. They will charge a modest installation fee and connect your water meter.

5. Check If The Meter Is Working

After the water meter has been installed, turn on the water supply, and let some water run down a faucet to ensure the water meter is accurately registering the usage.

3 Major Benefits Of Installing A Water Meter

In this part, we have explained the top 3 benefits of installing a water meter at your house:

Plumber Pointing Out Residential Water Meter

1. Pay-Per-Use Fairness

When you don’t have a water meter, you are charged a flat amount each year, which is unacceptable in this day and age. A single man living in a 1-bedroom apartment does not use the same amount of water that a family of 5 living in a house uses. A water meter enables him to pay for only what he uses.

2. Track Water Usage

More importantly, a water meter helps you keep track of your water usage and prevents you from wasting water. It also enables you to save electricity usage and raise the supply speed.

3. Detects Pipe Leakages

Last but not least, they are helpful in detecting leakages in water pipes. They allow you to track leakages and immediately identify the damage to avoid water wastage.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Here, we have listed a few frequently asked questions about water meters.

1. Will my water bill increase or decrease after installing a water meter?

According to most people, water meters have helped them to save money. Whether your bill will go lower or higher will depend on the following factors.

  • The amount you are currently paying
  • Number of family members in your home
  • How much water do all of you use

We would strongly recommend contacting your local water company to confirm if a water meter will actually help you save money or not.

2. Can a tenant apply for a water meter?

Yes, of course. A person living in rented accommodation can apply for a water meter. But first, they will have to ask the landlord for permission. If the landlord consents, only then can they apply for a water meter.

3. Can I change my mind after I’ve chosen to have a water meter installed?

Yes, you can. If you are having second thoughts about installing a water meter, call the company immediately and cancel the request. If it has already been installed, then the water company might not be willing to remove it. However, if you contact them within the first 12 months, they will allow you to go back to the fixed unmetered charges.

4. Can I install a water meter by myself?

In most cases, the water company will not allow you to install the water meter by yourself. But even if you get permission to install it on your own, they will send an executive who will make sure that the installation has been done the right way.

5. What are the different types of water meters?

There are mainly three different types of water meters:

  • Hot water meters
  • Velocity meters
  • Favourable displacement meters

Water Meter Cover In Concrete

Connecting Your Water Meter

Without a doubt, water meters have become quite popular today. Hence, if you are looking to reduce your water bills, a water meter is a must-have.

On that note, it brings us to the end of the article. We hope that it has helped you gain some valuable insights into the installation and benefits of a water meter.

Just ensure that you keep the indoor plumbing ready and obtain all the necessary permits before connecting the water meter. You can always speak to your local plumber about the options for your home. That’s all for today; we hope to see you soon with another interesting guide!