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

Karilyn, right, with her older sister, Sabrina. Both siblings are members of the YANA family, after being helped by the community organization on separate occasions. Photo supplied
Siblings both members of the YANA family

Comox Valley non-profit helped Geiger family on separate occasions

A second-floor balcony continues to smoulder after a fire extinguisher was used to get a small balcony fire under control at the Washington Inn Apartments. Brian Hayward, who lives on the third floor, was alerted to the fire by the smell of smoke wafting into his apartment. Photo by Brian Hayward.
Courtenay firefighters respond to balcony fire at Washington Inn Apartments

Firefighters were called out to the Washington Inn Apartments Sunday, April 17,… Continue reading

RCMP forensics investigators scour the site north of Highland School in Comox, where multiple people were stabbed during a party Saturday night, April 16. Photo by Terry Farrell
UPDATED: Multiple stabbings at Comox bush party

Three youths hospitalized after an assault near Highland Secondary

Cumberland is surrounded by trees — and logging. Its council is supporting a call to stop old-growth logging in vulnerable areas of the province such as Fairy Creek. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Cumberland backs request to save B.C.’s old-growth forests

The Comox Youth Climate Council is asking local governments to take stand

Danita Bilozaze and her daughter Dani in Comox. Photo by Karen McKinnon
Valley woman makes historic name change for truth and reconciliation

First in Canada to be issued new passport under the TRC Calls to Action

Vancouver resident Beryl Pye was witness to a “concerning,” spontaneous dance party that spread throughout social groups at Kitsilano Beach on April 16. (Screen grab/Beryl Pye)
VIDEO: Dance party erupts at Vancouver’s Kitsilano Beach to the dismay of onlookers

‘It was a complete disregard for current COVID-19 public health orders,’ says Vancouver resident Beryl Pye

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

The following is a list of restaurants offering take-out and patio dining. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE
List of Comox Valley restaurants offering take-out, patio dining options

Restaurants in the Comox Valley continue to adapt to government-imposed restrictions in… Continue reading

People are shown at a COVID-19 vaccination site in Montreal, Sunday, April 18, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Nothing stopping provinces from offering AstraZeneca vaccine to all adults: Hajdu

Health Canada has licensed the AstraZeneca shot for use in people over the age of 18

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland responds to a question during Question Period in the House of Commons Tuesday December 8, 2020 in Ottawa. The stage is set for arguably the most important federal budget in recent memory, as the Liberal government prepares to unveil its plan for Canada’s post-pandemic recovery even as a third wave of COVID-19 rages across the country. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Election reticence expected to temper political battle over federal budget

Opposition parties have laid out their own demands in the weeks leading up to the budget

A syringe is loaded with COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. to open up COVID vaccine registration to all B.C. residents 18+ in April

Registration does not equate to being able to book an appointment

Pat Kauwell, a semi-retired construction manager, lives in his fifth-wheel trailer on Maxey Road because that’s what he can afford on his pension, but a Regional District of Nanaimo bylaw prohibits using RVs as permanent dwellings, leaving Kauwell and others like him with few affordable housing options. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Rules against RV living hard on Island residents caught in housing crunch

Regional District of Nanaimo bylaw forcing pensioner to move RV he calls home off private farm land

Selina Robinson is shown in Coquitlam, B.C., on Friday November 17, 2017. British Columbia’s finance minister says her professional training as a family therapist helped her develop the New Democrat government’s first budget during the COVID-19 pandemic, which she will table Tuesday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. finance minister to table historic pandemic-challenged deficit budget

Budget aims to take care of people during pandemic while preparing for post-COVID-19 recovery, Robinson said

Most Read