Meters - Residential
Metered rates for Single Family Residences were implemented as of January 1, 2016.
Currently, over 50% of GEID customers are metered. This includes new housing constructed since late 2003 and any dwellings, previously on wells or other systems, newly connected to the GEID system.
The majority of properties that are not metered include the older homes throughout the District. These homes will need to be "retrofitted" to accommodate meters.
At an open meeting held June 3rd, 2015, the following motion was passed by the Board of Trustees:
- That the meter installation requirements be deferred for the rural Ellison area homes until water quality improvements in the area are completed; and
- If a water meter has already been installed, that the homeowner be given an option to choose either the flat rate or the meter rate; and
- That the Meter Incentive Charge not be applied to the rural Ellison area accounts.
With the resolution in place it should be noted that at this time, the rural Ellison area residents can install a Water Meter and Meter Reading Device (MXU), however this resolution allows you the option of deferring the installation to a later date if you so wish.
Having said this, the District cannot guarantee that the Meter and MXU cost will not increase in the future.
Existing metered customers have paid for the supply and installation of their own meters. The Board of Trustees has confirmed the practice that metering costs are the responsibility of the property owner.
Please note: MOST MULTI-FAMILY STRATAS AND APARTMENT BUILDINGS ALREADY HAVE A MASTER METER. There is no requirement for each unit to be individually metered.
Retrofitting Single Family Residences for meters
Procedures have been finalized on metering your home. Homeowners are asked to:
Contact TRIBUS Services (Formerly CORIX Utilities) at 250-765-3826 and schedule the purchase and installation.
All costs for the work (plumbing alterations and metering installation), including the purchase of the meter and remote reading device, are the responsibility of the property owner.
See "Rates>2018 Residential Calculator" for the CONSUMPTION RATE CALCULATOR.
Meters for New House Construction
In accordance with GEID Bylaw #148, and with older bylaws, water meters have been required for all new residences since late 2003. Meters have been a requirement for resdiential complexes as well as industrial, institutional and commercial facilities since 1992.
Residential meters are installed inside the homes, usually near the water intake into the building. The District and the City do not normally permit external meters or meter pits due to weather and cost. In addition, only one meter is installed in a residence which contains a suite. No additional meter is installed for the suite.
Meters for residences are purchased from the District when the owner applies for a building permit. It is the responsibility of the owner to contact GEID's contractor, TRIBUS Services, to schedule the meter installation.
Before contacting TRIBUS Services, the owner or his contractor should ensure that the plumbing is installed to accommodate a meter in an easily accessible position. This can be achieved by the installation of a section of pipe a minimum of 315 mm long in a horizontal plane immediately downstream of the building shut-off valve. Applicants should consult the current City of Kelowna Plumbing Regulations Bylaw (www.city.kelowna.bc.ca) to ensure that the plumbing supports the meter installation.
All meters are required to have a remote reading device, also called an MXU, wired to the exterior of the house so that the meter may be read from a remote location, rather than by entering the house.