Council replaces aging meters

CENTRAL Highlands Regional Council has recently commenced a replacement program of council’s aging 9500-strong domestic, commercial and industrial water meter fleet throughout the region.

The council provides water connections to about 9500 domestic, commercial and industrial lots. The program resulted from studies into water demand management and investigations into reticulation system water losses which identified that major improvements in water management could be made through the replacement of old water meters.

Water Utilities manager Dan Pymble said departmental staff developed a system leakage management plan that demonstrated the CHRC’s commitment to manage water infrastructure and comply with legislative requirements.

“This document demonstrates our commitment to ensuring that we have a sustainable water supply that will support growth and development in our communities in Anakie, Bauhinia, Blackwater, Bluff, Capella, Comet, Dingo, Duaringa, Emerald, Rolleston, Rubyvale, Sapphire, Springsure and Tieri,” he said.

“Every council at one stage or another eventually replaces their entire water meter fleet; some do it in an adhoc manner where meters are replaced when they are discovered to be damaged or faulty.

“Given that the council now has quite a large number of meters that have – or are – approaching their useful life, our approach is to replace all meters that exceed a certain age so we result in a predominately new water meter fleet.”

Mr Pymble said all work required was being carried out by council staff and awarded to contractors who would door- knock affected residents prior to any interruptions of individual water services.

If residents have any questions or concerns regarding the replacement of water meters, Mr Pymble can be contacted on 1300 242 686.

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