Ever consider why there are so many inconsistencies in your monthly water
bills for your apartment complex or mobile home park? One month the utility
bill seems feasible only for the next three months the water use is out of
control. If you DO NOT submeter the cost directly back to the tenants, there’s
no incentive for residents to tell you about leaks in a toilet or to not let the
shower run forever. (A Harvard study found that an 8-minute long shower with
a standard head uses 2.5 gallons of water per minute and that equals 20
whopping gallons of water for the average shower!)
To submeter a community’s water use, a water meter is installed at each
residential unit right where the fresh water supply line enters the home,
usually inside. (Meters can also be placed in the clubhouse and onto irrigation
lines, shopping centers etc.)
In a home or apartment, the meter is placed before the water lines divide to
hot and cold, prior to any hose connections. Most modern submeters are
electronic and download usage information to a tablet, computer application,
or to a web portal. Some meters communicate via radio through the Gateway
cellular repeater. Registers like Metron Sustainable Services use a cellular
network communicating directly to the cloud-based WaterScope Portal using
the Virtual Network (VN).
Once the submeters are installed in the community, the data is then uploaded
to the cloud, were owners and managers have access to this data the very
next day. The property management team or the designated submetering
company takes a consumption reading from each home on a defined day of
the month via the web.
Then, using utility billing software and the local water rates and tiers that have
been preloaded into it, each home is properly billed for the amount of water
used. Submetering can be an all-inclusive solution for your water utility
management, ideally suited to the needs of multi-family housing rental
property owners, mobile home park owners, homeowner associations, and
commercial building administrators.
Our submeters can be purchased with extremely low startup costs and flexible
plans can be adapted over time with a nominal monthly fee added onto each
residential water bill.
First, call us. We are experts at submetering water throughout large and small
communities alike. We’ll do an analysis of how many units you’ll need, what is
the best way to transmit data (VN or Gateway), how to provide usage
information to you and to your owners, and provide a timeline.
What happens next? Simply install your new Metron submeters and they will
immediately start tracking the water usage and transmitting the data.
Your next move is to get on the phone with one of our experts. That’s when
you’ll find out how you can benefit from submetering with answers tailored
specifically for your situation. Start saving today!
Call # 303-217-5990