Kapiti water meters being installed
The installation of water meters is under way in Kapiti.
Local contractors Thomas Plumbing has the contract to install water meters north of the Waikanae River and began installing them in the Otaki Beach area on August 1.
Downer Ltd has the southern contract and began installation work in the Raumati area this week.
Both companies expect to install about 200 meters a week with the northern contract running through to October next year and the southern contract to December next year.
Kapiti Coast District Council's infrastructure general manager Sean Mallon said most disruptions to individual water supplies would be very short.
"If a manifold already exists in the ground, then it will only be a matter of screwing in the meter. If a manifold has to be installed, then the installation work will take a little longer," Mr Mallon said.
The council is planning two trial billing periods before it formally moves to the new system from July 2014.
Water meter opponents presented a 7000-plus signature petition to the council in November demanding a referendum.
The council refused the request, sparking anti-water meter protests and accusations the council had ignored a record 2423 long-term submissions, the bulk of which opposed water meters, before deciding to go ahead with the $8 million proposal to install them.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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