by Laura Telford
MORE than 900 river water meters will soon be installed at all St George properties to help council understand how river water is being used.
Mayor Richard Marsh said the primary purpose of the meters was to understand how much river water was being used by residents.
"Water is our most valuable commodity and it would be irresponsible of council not to monitor its use and council will be able to better manage water resources if we have an understanding of residents' usage patterns,” Cr Marsh said.
"Residents will not be charged for their usage of river water at this point in time but once usage data has been gathered council will, in the future, use it to develop an appropriate rating model.”
Council received six tenders for the installation of 925 meters and awarded the $105,380 contract to Lightn Plumbing.
Cr Marsh said the initial installation of meters required a licensed plumber, but once installed council would service the infrastructure with installation of meters expected to take 13 weeks.
"The residential river water supply to residences will be interrupted at the time of installation as the meters will be inserted
into the supply pipes,” he said.
"The meters will be situated outside the property boundary and we have been advised they should only take a couple of hours to install.”
The work should not interfere with bore water supplies and residents and businesses will be advised of work in their vicinity prior to work beginning.