The design of the water meter system required the identification and recording of the location of every water service location throughout the City. Given the ad-hoc nature of some of the residential units within the City, the survey team was challenged with determining the service locations for multiple units on a single lot. Once they were all identified, Yamabe & Horn could proceed with ease to design the system given their experience with other water meter systems.
The water meters are projected to reduce water usage 10%-20% for the City through multiple means. The first is simply the awareness and nominal charge for water usage by the residents. Another significant source of conservation is through electronic monitoring of every meter in the system. Meters that do not show zero flow for at least 15 minutes within a 24-hour period a will notify Public Works staff of a potential leak. At that point, the Public Works staff can contact the property owner of the potential leak with options to fix it.
Yamabe & Horn is currently pursuing additional funding that will allow the Public Works staff to repair the leaks at no cost to the property owner, accelerating the conservation gains in the process.
Future plans for the system include diverting non-potable water to public use outlets for landscaping, providing further savings to the City.