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Where Should a Water Meter Be Installed?

Water Meter Installed

Water meters are everywhere. Perhaps you’ve seen them on the side of your favourite fast food joint or your neighbours’ house. Water meters are very important, and here’s why.

Water meters provide accurate measurements of water usage and consumption. They can help detect water leakages, promote water conservation in households and provide valuable data for planning and management within local council areas.

They are also used in individual units in housing, known as sub meters. Sub meters are devices used to measure and monitor the usage of utilities such as water, gas, and electricity. They are typically installed in multi-tenant buildings or shared spaces to accurately track individual usage and allocate costs. 

Where Should Water Meters Be Installed?

Every household or business that will consume water needs to install a water meter. But a DIY installation is not recommended. Installing a water meter should be done by a licensed plumber that understands and knows what is involved in a water meter assembly and installation process.

Typically, a water meter is connected to a singular point where the water main supply enters through the property boundary, which is usually by the finished ground level. Depending on the location and property type (residential apartment buildings, stand-alone suburban homes or commercial businesses), the placement of meters will vary based on the local regulations.

How Does A Plumber Install A Main Water Meter?

When you’re getting a water meter installed, it’s best that you reach out to a plumber so they can accurately connect it for you.

  1. A plumber will first figure out where your main water supply enters into your property boundary.
  2. Once this has been determined, they will turn off the main water supply so they can begin the installation process.
  3. The licensed plumber will then cut into the main water supply line to attach the water meter to that spot. They may need to connect new pipes or modify the existing pipes when installing the meter so that everything is all connected.
  4. Once all pipes have been connected, the plumber will check the meter and water service to gauge whether there are no leaks or any issues.
  5. If there are no issues and everything is complete and running smoothly, a final inspection is made to ensure the water metering meets the local building codes and regulations.

How Long Does Installation Take?

Water meter assembly varies due to a number of factors like the complexity of the installation, the location of the meter and the type of property you may have. But as a general rule of thumb, the installation process of a water meter should take up to a few hours to complete by a professional.

Enquire And Contact The Water Meter Guys

Installing a water meter is best left to the professionals like The Water Meter Guys. We deliver water metre installation and water services across Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast. Whether it’s a water service for a commercial building or a suburban home, enquire today.