New self-monitoring water meters coming to homes, businesses in Burlington


Published February 9, 2024 at 3:21 pm

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Old water meters on Burlington homes and businesses will soon be replaced by new ones that automatically detect household consumption.

The program will roll out this month with 300 homes scheduled for the upgrade. The installations will continue again this summer and the new meters should be in place at all properties in Burlington by the end of 2025.

The technology supplied by the new devices means that door-to-door manual readings will be phased out.

All of the new meters will be able to transmit the water use data via radio frequency with greater accuracy, according to Halton Region. The data will be collected six times a day.

As well, the new system will allow customers to track their water usage online and receive alerts indicating changes in consumption.

The Region says the alerts can help customers adjust their usage to keep costs down as well as signal problems such as leaks.

“This secure, modern and reliable technology is already in use in many communities across Ontario and throughout North America,” Halton Region reports on its website. “The new technology will modernize the water meter infrastructure in Halton and make the collection of water meter readings more efficient.”

The installation of the meters will take place in Milton and Oakville in 2025 and Halton Hills the following year.

Halton Region will provide your water usage information to Burlington Hydro, who will then include it on your utility bill.

When it is your turn to upgrade your water meter, you will receive a letter from Halton Region requesting that you book an appointment.

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