Richmond offers multi-family buildings incentives to install water meters
02 March 2020
The City of Richmond is offering subsidies through its volunteer multi-family water meter program and hosting open houses and providing information on LetsTalkRichmond.ca in March to explain more. Owners, strata councils, residents and property managers of apartment buildings, townhouses and strata-managed residential buildings in Richmond are invited to learn about the cost and resource-saving benefits of installing a water meter to their complex.
“Water meters are one of many water conservation strategies that benefit us as well as the natural environment,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “Richmond is proudly a leader in Metro Vancouver as it is one of the first municipalities where 100 per cent of single-family homes are on water meters. Our multi-family volunteer water meter program further supports our commitment to offer a fair and equitable way for residents to pay for water use.”
All those interested in multi-family water metering are invited to attend one of three drop-in style open houses:
- Tuesday, March 17 at South Arm Community Centre, 8880 Williams Road (4 to 6:30 p.m.)
- Thursday, March 19 at Cambie Community Centre, 12800 Cambie Road (4 to 6:30 p.m.)
- Tuesday, March 24 at West Richmond Community Centre, 9180 No. 1 Road (4 to 6:30 p.m.)
City staff will be in attendance and will provide information and answer questions on the multi-family volunteer water meter program. The first 25 attendees at each information session will receive a free water conservation kit. A reusable grocery bag will be offered to all open house attendees who register for LetsTalkRichmond.ca and complete the feedback form.
For those who cannot attend an open house, the information and feedback form will be available on LetsTalkRichmond.ca until Sunday, April 5, 2020.
A significant majority of townhouses and apartments are saving money by installing a water meter. In 2018, 98 per cent of metered multi-family complexes in Richmond saved, on average, 48 per cent over the flat rate cost.
- The benefits of installing a water meter are as follows:
The program will allow residents to pay only for the actual amount of water they use, rather than being billed on the flat-rate system.
- Through the water metering program, property owners can take control of their water bills, and this has reduced overall water consumption throughout the City. The City pays Metro Vancouver for bulk water based on how much we use; therefore, by consuming less water, Richmond pays less.
The City’s current subsidy program contributes to the installation cost of water meters for existing multi-family complexes that volunteer for a water meter. The City provides up to the greater of $1,200 per unit or $100,000 per complex for the design and installation cost. If the cost exceeds the subsidy, the strata complex is required to pay the difference.
For further information, visit www.richmond.ca/savewater, email SaveWater@richmond.ca or call 604 276-4179.