Volunteer Residential Water Metering Program for 2016
On November 30, 2015, City Council approved a Volunteer Residential Water meter Program for 2016. There will be 100 water meters available to single family residential homes on a first come first serve basis.
To ensure that the City of Prince George’s drinking water supply remains reliable and safe and continues to meet the needs of our community, the City began implementing a Water Conservation Plan in 2005. As part of that program, a Voluntary Water Meter Program was initiated. Over a three year period, fifty-eight homes participated in the voluntary water meter program and in subsequent years, these homes saw an average decrease of 30% in their water usage.
There are a number of benefits for a Water Utility that utilizes water meters as it allows for more accurate tracking of water consumption, allows for more precise knowledge on leakage within the system, and for the customer, it allows for onsite monitoring to ensure proper billing. Apart from the financial benefits for the Utility of reducing water usage through decreased pumping and treatment costs, water meters promote water conservation by giving customers a means to measure their consumption and thus encouraging greater efforts to detect and repair water leaks that can waste thousands of litres of water every year.
Since 2005, the City’s average day demand decreased from 600 litres to 524 litres per capita. Though encouraging, this still remains higher than the provincial average of 350 litres per capita. The area of greatest concern is the maximum day demand which is measured to be 1,178 litres per day during summer months.
Starting on January 4, 2016, homeowners in the City of Prince George will have the opportunity to come to City Hall- 2nd Floor and apply for a volunteer residential water meter.
There is some paperwork that will need to be completed and handed into Development Services on the 2nd floor at City Hall. The water meter must be installed and inspected by the City of Prince George Plumbing Inspector in 2016.
The City of Prince George will incur the cost of the water meter and the plumbing permit. The home owner will incur the full cost of all of the installation of the water meter, all pipe fittings and adapters, and any construction required to repair damage created through the installation of the water meter.
The point of contact for all inquiries with respect to the Volunteer Residential Water Meter program is Development Services (2nd Floor City Hall) at 250-561-7611.
Here are some important documents and frequently asked questions for this program:
City of Prince George Volunteer Residential Water Meter Checklist.pdf
Report to Council- Volunteer Water Meters.pdf
Volunteer Water Metering FAQs.pdf
Volunteer Residential Water Meter Installation Agreement (2016).pdf
Water Conservation Plan
Water conservation planning is to achieve more efficient water-use by residential, industrial, commercial and institutional consumers in the City of Prince George. The impetus for moving toward water conservation is both economic and environmental. Economic concerns include a desire to alleviate capacity constraints, defer infrastructure replacement costs, and reduce operational costs. Environmental considerations involve minimizing the impact of both extracting and subsequently releasing treated city water to the natural environment. This document is the amalgamation of efforts and strategies to increase water-use efficiency and allow for the sustainable supply of water for all users, and presents a comprehensive plan for the conservation of the water resources in Prince George.
The entire Water Conservation Plan is available in PDF format.
Indoor Water Conservation
Ever wonder where all the water goes in a typical home. Most of it goes down the toilet. Surprisingly, very little of it is used for actual drinking. ***These statistics do not account for water used outdoors.
Typical water use inside the home
Estimated Water Use for Fixtures and Appliances
(Source: American Water Works Association)
Follow the Three Waterwise Rs
Reduce: Reducing your water use is as simple as turning off the tap while brushing your teeth, operating dishwashers and washing machines with full loads.
Repair: Fix leaks as soon as you find them. Leaky taps and toilets cost you money.
Retrofit: Install faucet aerators, replace an old showerhead with a new, low-flow model, or replace an old toilet with a ultra-low flush model. Water used in the bathroom can be reduced up to 50%.
Outdoor Water Conservation
A lawn requires only about one inch (2.5 cm) of water per week. That works to only a half hour of sprinkling twice a week on your sprinkling day.
To minimize water evaporation and mould and fungus problems, watering should be done during the cool parts of your sprinkling day, either early in the morning or in the evening.
Less watering promotes deeper, healthier lawn roots.
Your lawn retains more moisture if it is cut to 2 to 3 inches (5 to 7.5 cm) in length. Taller grass shades and cools the soil and tall grasses grow at a slower rate, so it won't need to be mowed as often.
Aerate your lawn to allow air, water and fertilizer to reach the roots.
Please ensure that your automatic irrigation system is properly set within the permitted times. Turn off automatic irrigation system OFF when it rains and reset the timer afterwards.
Avoid watering on windy days.
Make sure that paved areas and sidewalks are not watered.
Water Use Restrictions
Hours of Water Use Restrictions
- Please be advised that water use restrictions are in effect 365 days a year
- For more information please see the water use restrictions page.
Water Use Restriction Exemption
- If you require an exemption to the Water Use Restrictions, please contact 250-561-7550.
Other Tips to Conserve Water Outdoors
When washing your vehicle, make sure that a spring-loaded nozzle is used to eliminate any wasting of water.
Use a broom, not a hose, to clean driveways and sidewalks.
Put a layer of mulch around the base of trees and shrubs to retain moisture and reduce weed growth.
Plant drought resistant trees and plants.
Rain Barrels for Sale
On sale now at the REAPS Garden
(1950 Gorse Street).
Rain barrels include:
- Ultraviolet resistant materials that will not rust, break-down or corrode.
- Ball valve with garden hose fitting mounted at base.
- Lid with filtering screen to keep barrel free of debris and insects.
- Opaque colour to reduce algae growth.
Benefits of rain barrels:
- Harvesting of rainwater is free
- Rainwater is better for your lawn and garden because it is not treated with Chlorine and Fluoride
- Using rainwater reduces demands on stormwater systems
- Stored rainwater is warmer and will not “shock” plants or lawns
- No pumping is required, so there are no electricity costs
- Setup is easy, and little maintenance is required
Rain barrels are only $65.00, taxes included.
Remember to Use Water Wisely!