The City of Armstrong, British Columbia announced the installation of nearly 1,800 residential water meters on November 20, an important component of the city’s Water Conservation Plan. The project is expected to reduce the city’s energy consumption and defer the need for additional water supply and treatment upgrades, in addition to conserving water city-wide.
“Adding residential metering to our already metered commercial and industrial properties has been a high priority for many years,” said City of Armstrong Mayor Chris Pieper. “There is a real value to our community in understanding our water use and it is very exciting to see the project coming to fruition.”
The federal Gas Tax Fund provided $470,000 of the project’s $760,000 total cost. The Okanagan Basin Water Board also contributed $16,300 through its Water Conservation and Quality Tax Fund, while the rest of the funds came through local revenues.
“The installation of water meters is an investment that provides multiple dividends,” explained Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) president Sav Dhaliwal. “Meters provide residents with better information to manage their usage, protecting water supplies and prolonging the life of the existing water system.”