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Deduct Water Meters

Posted by Heather Jones on 25th Feb 2021

Deduct Water Meter Installation

There are many names for it...
Sewer deduct meter, summer meter, by-pass meter, sewer sub-meter, sewer adjustment meters (SAMS), seasonal water meter, second water meter, auxiliary meter, irrigation meter, or a sprinkler meter. They all have the same goal of saving you money!

Eliminate 30% of Your Water Usage from Your Sewer Bill!

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the average American family uses 320 gallons of water per day, and about 30% of that is outdoor water. It is estimated that almost one-third of all residential water is used for landscape irrigation. That means that a typical household uses around 30,000 gallons of water each year outside. That water is not entering the sanitary sewer system, and that is where a deduction meter comes in to help you! This secondary meter would be installed after the main water meter to specifically measure the amount of water NOT flowing into the sewer system. That amount of water can then be deducted from your sewer bill. If you use larger amounts of water for sprinklers, filling ponds or swimming pools, landscaping, or any other outdoor activities, this type of meter could help reduce your sewage charges.

Flows.com has many different meters that would work for a deduct application, including the D10-NSF, WM-NLC and Neptune T10. There are many other meters in addition to the ones just mentioned. Here is a page with a full list of Deduct water meters.

Some municipalities have information on their website about adding a deduction meter, for a list of some municipalities that allow for a deduct meter installation please see the Deduct Water Meter Town Chart. It is important to note that not all towns allow for installation of a deduct meter, so remember to always check with your local town before installing anything on your water line. Some towns require you buy the meter from them, others do not offer that, and you are responsible to find a meter for your application.

Another application for a deduct water meter would be in a multiple resident building such as a condo or townhouse where there is one common outdoor spigot used for washing cars or something similar. Often the water is metered on a single unit in the building. A deduct meter on the spigot would allow you to deduct this usage from whichever tenant sees that water usage on their bill.

Will installing a deduct meter be cost effective for you? Well it’s important to keep a few things in mind when determining if this is right for you.

Fees:

  • Meter Hardware
  • Application or Permit fee
  • Inspection Fees
  • Installation Fees
  • Deposit or Rental Fee for Portable or Temporary Meters
  • Annual Fees
  • Monthly Fees
  • Reading service Charges
  • Licensed Plumber Installation Fee
  • Possible Backflow Assembly Required

Your Water Demands:

  • Pool filling
  • Irrigation for landscaping
  • Car Washing
  • Gardening

Location and Space for Meter:

  • Indoor
    • Does it need to be read outside?
    • Do you have the physical space necessary for the meter?
  • Outdoor
    • Will you need more than one for multiple spigots?

Reporting Numbers:

  • Are you required to report numbers? If so, how Often?


There is a lot to consider, do you have additional questions? No problem!

Give Flows.com a call and we are happy to help you!


Deduct Water Meter Municipality Resources

Alabama
Auburn: https://www.auburnalabama.org/water-resource-mana...
Pelham: https://pelhamalabama.gov/222/Secondary-Water-Met...

Illinois
Albers: https://albersil.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/F...
Marshall: https://marshall-il.com/water/
Mokena: https://www.mokena.org/pview.aspx?id=20773&catid=...
New Baden: http://www.newbadenil.com/pdfs/Documents/Ordinanc...
New Lenox: https://www.newlenox.net/pView.aspx?id=27226&cati...

Iowa
Des Moines: http://www.dmww.com/upl/documents/water-services/...

Maine
Barharbor: http://www.barharbormaine.gov/149/Sewer-Deduct-Me...

Massachusetts
Auburn: https://www.auburnguide.com/672/DeductWell-Meters
Charlton: https://www.townofcharlton.net/DocumentCenter/Vie...
Gloucester: http://gloucester-ma.gov/312/Utilities
Groveland: https://www.grovelandma.com/water-sewer-departmen...
Haverhill: https://www.cityofhaverhill.com/departments/public_works_department/water_wastewater/water/meter_division/index.php
Holden: https://www.holdenma.gov/water-and-sewer-division...
Hull: https://www.town.hull.ma.us/sites/g/files/vyhlif3...
Marblehead: https://www.marblehead.org/sewer-department/pages...
Maynard: http://www.townofmaynard-ma.gov/wp-content/upload...
Nantucket: https://www.nantucket-ma.gov/1908/Deduct-Meter-Po...
Pepperell: https://town.pepperell.ma.us/243/Deduct-Meters-In...
Salem: https://www.salem.com/water-sewer/pages/deduct-wa...

Michigan
Ann Arbor: https://www.a2gov.org/services/Documents/TapMeter...

Minnesota
Maplewood: https://maplewoodmn.gov/441/Water-Sewer-Providers...

Missouri
Sullivan: http://www.sullivan.mo.us/departments/sullivan_municipal_utilities/utility_billing/deduct_meter/docs/20160615144732270.pdf

New Hampshire
Central: http://www.hooksettsewer.com/deduct.html
Farmington: https://www.farmington.nh.us/department-water-was...
Hooksett: http://www.hooksettsewer.com/deduct.html
Hudson: https://www.hudsonnh.gov/sewer/faq/how-can-i-avoi...
Rochester: https://www.rochesternh.net/public-works/faq/what...
Manchester: https://www.manchesternh.gov/Portals/2/Department...

Ohio
Akron: https://www.akronohio.gov/cms/site/399313b6f71a45...
Bellbrook: http://cityofbellbrook.org/upload/common/utility%...
Butler: http://des.butlercountyohio.org/html/myaccount/Re...
Canton: https://www.cantonohio.gov/DocumentCenter/View/15...
Cincinnati: http://www.msdgc.org/downloads/customer_care/industrial_user_resources/auxiliary_meter_guidance.pdf
Columbus: https://www.columbus.gov/utilities/customers/Mete...
Gahanna: https://www.gahanna.gov/utilities/
Greene County: https://www.co.greene.oh.us/1309/Irrigation-Speci...
Lake County: https://www.lakecountyohio.gov/utilities/Division...
Mansfield: https://www.ci.mansfield.oh.us/utility-collection...
Tallmadge: https://tallmadge-ohio.org/353/Sewer-Deducting-Me...
https://willoughbyohio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020...
Westerville: https://www.westerville.org/home/showdocument?id=...
Willoughby: https://willoughbyohio.com/wp-content/uploads/202...

Pennsylvania
Brighton Township: https://brightontwp.org/deduct-meters-available/
Cecil: http://www.ctmaonline.org/pp-deduction_meters.htm...
Cranberry Township: https://www.cranberrytownship.org/1273/Deduct-Met...
Forks: http://www.forkstownship.org/utilitybill.html
Lower: https://www.lowergwynedd.org/departments-services...
McCandless: https://www.townofmccandless.org/mccandless-towns...
North: http://www.northstrabanetwp.com/170/Deduction-Met...
Rostraver: http://www.rostraversewage.com/documents/DeductMe...

Tennessee
Johnson: https://www.johnsoncitytn.org/document_center/Residents/Water%20&%20Sewer%20Services/Pretreatment/deduct%20meter%20application.pdf

Washington
Seattle: http://www.seattle.gov/utilities/construction-res...
Skagit: https://www.skagitpud.org/services/water-service/...

Wisconsin
Madison: https://www.cityofmadison.com/engineering/documen...
Spring Green: http://www.vi.springgreen.wi.gov/docview.asp?doci...