The City of Charlottetown took another step forward with its Residential Water Meter Installation Program on July 13 by awarding the $1.2-million project contract to Bevan Bros Limited. The program will require all flat-rate customers to switch to metered service by the end of 2019.
In an effort to facilitate the switch, the city will provide and install residential meters.
“The intention of the Residential Water Meter Installation Program is to protect the City’s water supply and reduce overall consumption in Charlottetown,” said Mayor Clifford Lee. “We’ve seen an increase in conservation efforts over the past few years and this four-year project will complement those efforts, strengthening the protection of this limited resource.”
“One thing we want to make clear is that this project is going to take some time and it’s going to be a while before the contractor gets to every residence to install a meter,” added Councillor Edward Rice, chair of Charlottetown’s Water and Sewer Utility Committee. “Residents don’t have to wait to get a meter. We are still taking volunteers—those who wish to jump ahead in line per se—to get a meter installed sooner than later. People are saving money by switching to the metered rate and being on the metered system also allows them to better track the amount of water they use on a daily basis.”