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City Launches Voluntary Residential Water Meter Program

Tuesday, January 5, 2016 @ 4:00 AM

Prince George, B.C. – The City of Prince George has launched a new program it hopes will help the City conserve water.

The Voluntary Residential Water Meter Program is available starting today to single family residence homeowners.

It allows residents to track their own usage and offers the chance for them to potentially save money when it comes time to pay their utility bill.

This after Council recently approved a resolution to provide 100 water meters this year to single-family residential customers who are currently on a fixed rate payment system. The implementation of the Voluntary Residential Water Meter Program supports Council’s goals of “Green City, Green Practices,” and “Sustainable Infrastructure.”

Gina Layte Liston, Director of Public Works, says water meters allow for more accurate tracking of water consumption and more precise knowledge of leakage within the system.

“For the customer, it allows for onsite monitoring to ensure more accurate billing on actual consumption instead of an average.”

The City is providing the water meter and plumbing permit at no cost to the homeowner though the homeowner must pick up the tab for the installation of the meter, all pipe fittings and adapters and any construction required to repair damage created through the installation of the meter.

Each meter must be installed and inspected by a City plumbing inspector in 2016. For more information call Development Services at 250-561-7611.


This sounds like the beginning of what used to be full serve gas stations, self serve lowered there prices to get the population to go to them, within 3 years there was very few full service stations left, and the price was the same every where.
Don’t buy into this.

One more thing last June/July when the city had there so called water ban on, It was not because of anything on our part, It was because one of the main pumps failed and the replacement they had on the shelf also failed. They were buying time till they could get parts.

” I am from the government and I am here to help “

I bet if one dug deep enough you would find funding for this idea comes from groups that support trade agreements like FIPA, TPP and the like that have provisions to open up our municipal services to privatization.

This is just conditioning to figure out pricing when the next step is privatization and pricing water as a monopoly commodity for profit enterprise.

I think what needs to happen is to pass a process that would make it impossible for some rouge politician or council to come in and push through a privatization… because we aught to know that they are just waiting in the wings. Future off shore city services oligarchs.

Ok, so I’m a water hog and I want to waste as much water as possible on my ridiculously stupid green lawn (because I haven’t figured out there are much better low water using landscaping alternatives). And I really like to water the snow in the spring time, because I can’t wait for the stupid green lawn to grow and need more water. I mean, who doesn’t?
Anyway, why would I want to meter that usage? At no cost to me, I can continue to use more than my share of water.
Yes folks, it’s all about “me me me”, and screw the rest of you!
Lucky for me the city hasn’t figured out a system to allocate true cost to usage. Probably because they are too chicken shit to stand up to the water hogs like myself.

what the city isn’t telling us is that you have to pay to have the meter installed… when when it becomes mandatory , they have to pay for it.

The cost of usage is the cost of infrastructure. The throughput cost is minimal, especially with the fluoride additives removed. The water reservoir under PG is big enough for a city of a million people and any water used on the lawn just sinks back into where it came from.

I have no issues with someone that wants to water their trees, have a nice lawn, and maybe plant a garden. Its called a livable city.


I think the biggest issue with water useage was electricity use, to move the water.

What is not mentioned.

Is that since 2008 all new buildings.

Must have water meters installed.

It wont take long and you will pay by the Cubic Meter (1000 liter) for Water, we on our own Wells know the cost of Water and how to conserve it in a long hot Summer!

If people in town got the same rates as bottling companies, in lieu of water utilities, they would jump at it. BC just started billing companies like Nestles for water they use in their bottling plants and even though I can’t remember the exact number, it is ridiculously low considering how much they make off our water.
I think it’s something like 300,000,000 liters of water for less than $600.00 annually. Thats equivalent to a family using 500 liters of water per day for over 1600 years. And Nestles uses this every year and sells it back to us at a massive profit. There is definitely something wrong with this picture.

Not to mention that because of their contract they are pretty much the last end user that has to cut back during a low water season or drought. Stupid, Stupid, Stupid.

How much more water does PG use than the use by a comparable city that has water meters?

BTW, my parents bought their house in 1957. It came with a water meter and they have had a water bill ever since.

I bought a house 20 years later and do not have a water meter. I watered my lawn once last year. I let it grow another inch or so before I mow it. That is one way to ensure it retains enough water.

To all those who I subsidize, you are welcome. :-)

I would like to see a calculation from the City of how much I can save per year if I got a meter installed. I want to see how quickly I can recover the cost of installation. 3 years? 5? 10?

If I sell the house, will a water meter increase the value or will it deter people from purchasing the house?

Bent, we actually pay the same as Nestle for our water. It is the cost of the wells and pumphouses and storage and distribution where the cost to users comes in. Nestle uses its own wells and pipes and storage so has these costs internally rather than through government much as I with my own well pay all the costs myself. Nestle is also on their own aquifer so water usage does not affect the masses yet. If they start to drain the lake then there would be a legitimate concern.

Prince George pumps out 189 million litres of water per DAY to its residents. Nestle uses 300 million litres per YEAR.

Slinky… your numbers are a bit high for resident consumption. Maybe suggest your City fixes all their system leaks if they want to conserve water and lower pumping costs.


The cost of getting the water from the river to our taps are all paid for by taxpayers. The idea that after we pay for the setting up the system and the delivery, and the salaries for those who run the system, we should then put in meters and pay for the water is absolute horse s..t.

This is just another tax grab by City administration that spends most of its time finding ways to screw the taxpayer while they continue to enjoy big salaries, and big benefits.

We the taxpayers own the everything in this City. It belongs to us, not to those who work for us. If these people continue to gouge us at every corner, then its high time that some of them get their walking papers.

It is not our lot in life to spend all our money on misguided city administration. Time to get more bang for our buck.

All commercial buildings have water meters and backflows allready. They already pay per usage.

@RRrabbitt that is the number directly off the website for the City of PG. Just because you use water in a Starbucks doesn’t mean it isn’t pumped out of a well. Whatever is charged to Nestle for water itself without delivery would have to be charged to all customers of water within the province. Can’t have one without the other, Canfor, Tim Horton’s, Nestle, even mom and pop grocery would have to pay the same once you start to charge one. Nestle in one year pumps out the equivalent of a day and a half in PG’s waterworks.

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