Person checking a water metre

New South Wales’ MidCoast Council will soon replace over 8,000 15-year-old water metres as part of its asset renewal program.

The undertaking will begin in Bulahdelah on Tuesday 4 October 2022, and is expected to take six-months to complete.

After beginning in Bulahdelah, the program will move to Stroud, Stroud Road, Gloucester and Barrington. Additional areas will be announced once scheduled. 

MidCoast Council’s Director of Infrastructure and Engineering Services, Rob Scott, said that over time the mechanical components within a water metre could wear down, resulting in the metre reading the amount of water being consumed.

“When this happens customers are charged for less water than they’ve used, which means customers with older metres are essentially paying a reduced amount,” said Mr Scott.

“This program helps ensure our charges are accurate and fair for everyone.”

The new water metres take between 15 and 30 minutes to install, and are compatible with Council’s remote reading technology currently being trialled in Stroud Road.

Mr Scott said it was important for customers to keep in mind that the improved accuracy of their new metre could be reflected in their next bill.

“As there is a chance your old metre has started to under read, you may find your next water account is slightly higher in usage and cost,” he said.

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