Water meter statistics shared in Comox

Early numbers indicate there are potential savings for customers in Comox who switch to paying for actual water used in homes.

Although the data is limited, early numbers indicate there are potential savings for customers in Comox who switch to paying for actual water used in their homes.

This was a finding by Don Jacquest, the director of finance for the Town, who presented council during a committee of the whole meeting Wednesday with a residential water metering update.

In the report, Jacquest noted there are more than 1,300 single-family homes metered, which represents about 30 per cent of customers.

Jacquest added more than 1,300 readings were captured electronically this past month.

The Town purchases its water from the Comox Valley Regional District’s water system at a cost of over $1.4 million per year for just over 2.4 million cubic metres of water, providing water for more than 5,500 customers.

Almost all of those customers are charged a flat-rate fee of $303 per unit, per year. Jacquest added there are about 50 customers who are metered and who are billed quarterly for their actual water use.

Coun. Barbara Price inquired about how metering could impact strata units.

“Typically, the meters are installed on the connection lines. If there’s one connection line for multiple units, then they get one water meter. What typically happens is we generally put the meter at the property line. That way we capture three kinds of water use,” explained Jacquest.

“We capture the water that goes all the way to the unit, whether it’s residential or commercial, we capture any irrigation systems that tee off between our connection point and the building, and we capture any line losses because the line in between the edge of the property is the responsibility of the property owner. If we want to capture all three of those, the meter bascially has to be at the edge of the property line.”

Jacquest added that, based on data provided from the City of Courtenay for multi-family units that have been metered for years, water consumption drops significantly.

” … most of them are using below a mark of 60 per cent less than single-family homes. Typically, the strata uses much less water than a single-family home on a single-family lot. That’s simply because stratas tend to not have so much landscaping,” he said.

“The other thing is that it’s going to be a corporate decision of the strata to decide whether they want to swap from paying a flat (fee) over to paying by the meter. The strata is free to continue to pay a flat rate in perpetutity if they want.”

Jacquest also indicated in his report that, beginning Jan. 1, the CVRD will increase its bulk water rate from $0.59 to $0.62 per cubic metre. He added the increase will cost the Twn an extra $72,000 for 2012 and will have to be included in the water budget for 2012 and future years.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Tom Lennox finds peace when he runs in the Cumberland Forest. He hasn’t missed a day in nearly a year. Photo supplied
Cumberland runner nears 366 consecutive days on the trails

Cumberland resident Tom Lennox has been running a minimum of five kilometres… Continue reading

Courtenay’s Ace Brewing Company’s Jet Fuel IPA was chosen for second place in the annual Canadian Brewing Awards. Photo submitted
Courtenay brewery takes silver medal at Canadian Brewing Awards

“It’s huge - they are the biggest awards in Canada that you can get (in the brewing industry).”

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the legislature, Jan. 11, 2021. (B.C. government)
Vancouver Island smashes COVID-19 high: 47 new cases in a day

Blowing past previous records, Vancouver Island is not matching B.C.s downward trend

The Comox Strathcona Regional Hospital District board is concerned about having to fund more than just hospitals like the one in the Comox Valley. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Comox Strathcona board worried over funding more than hospitals

Island Health points to seniors care to reduce demand at acute care sites

Environment Canada is forecasting snow for the east Vancouver Island region the weekend of Jan. 23. (Black Press file)
Up to 15 cm of snow forecast for Courtenay area this weekend

Snow to begin Saturday night, according to Environment Canada

Toronto Public Health nurse Lalaine Agarin sets up for mass vaccination clinic in Toronto, Jan. 17, 2021. B.C. is set to to begin its large-scale immunization program for the general public starting in April. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
B.C.’s COVID-19 mass vaccinations expected to start in April

Clinics to immunize four million people by September

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

40 Knots Winery recently completed a major project on their vineyard terrace by installing 360-degree glass panels for year-round use.
Comox winery aims for year-round experience with glass-surrounded terrace

40 Knots Winery recently completed a major project on their vineyard terrace

An Atlantic salmon is seen during a Department of Fisheries and Oceans fish health audit at the Okisollo fish farm near Campbell River, B.C. in 2018. The First Nations Leadership Council says an attempt by industry to overturn the phasing out of salmon farms in the Discovery Islands in contrary to their inherent Title and Rights. (THE CANADIAN PRESS /Jonathan Hayward photo)
First Nations Leadership Council denounces attempt to overturn salmon farm ban

B.C.’s producers filed for a judicial review of the Discovery Islands decision Jan. 18

Daily COVID-19 cases reported to each B.C. health region, to Jan. 20, 2021. Island Health in blue, Northern Health green, Interior Health orange, Vancouver Coastal in red and Fraser Health in purple. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infection rate stays stable with 508 cases Friday

Vaccine delivered to more than 110,000 high-risk people

More than 100 B.C. fishermen, fleet leaders, First Nations leaders and other salmon stakeholders are holding a virtual conference Jan. 21-22 to discuss a broad-range of issues threatening the commercial salmon fishery. (Black Press file photo)
B.C. commercial salmon fishermen discuss cures for an industry on the brink

Two-day virtual conference will produce key reccomendations for DFO

First We Eat: Food Security North of 60 is featured at the Feb. 5-13 World Community Film Festival. Photo supplied
First We Eat celebrates resourcefulness of Yukoners

First We Eat: Food Security North of 60 celebrates the ingenuity, resourcefulness… Continue reading

Black Press file photo
Investigation at remote burned-out Vancouver Island cabin reveals human remains

Identity of victim not released, believed to be the owner of an SUV vehicle found parked nearby

Angela Waldick is the new team photographer for the Nanaimo NightOwls. (Nanaimo NightOwls photo)
Half-blind photographer will help new Island baseball team look picture-perfect

Nanaimo NightOwls say legally blind team photographer is making history

Most Read