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Install a Submeter

Installing a submeter allows a homeowner to water a lawn and fill a pool without paying a sewer charge for the water used and receive a reduced sewer bill.

A submeter measures the water not entering the sanitary sewer system.

  • Buying a Submeter

    The price is based on the meter size, beginning at $65.61 for the 5/8" meter, which is the most commonly used size.

    Pay at the Water and Sewer Department's customer service lobby with cash, money order, cashier's check or regular check.

    Written information will be provided along with terms and conditions of use.

  • Installation and use

    The Department does not provide recommendations of individuals or companies to complete submeter installations. Please ensure that all installations are completed by individuals or companies knowledgeable in plumbing.

    • Call 786-552-8806 for a final inspection.

    Credits based on consumption measured through the submeter will not apply until the installation of the new submeter has passed inspection.

    After the inspection is approved, a $50 inspection fee will be posted to your account. A $25 service charge per submeter will be applied to each follow-up failed inspection until it is approved, regardless of number of visits/inspections required.

    If the submeter needs to be installed for a rooftop cooling tower, plans will need to be submitted for review in order to verify that the discharged water is not entering the sanitary sewer system.

    This exception for installation applies only to rooftop cooling towers or replacements for already existing submeter installations. All other submeters must be installed within 10 linear feet of the domestic service meter.

  • Maintenance

    It is the customer's responsibility to maintain the submeter and its box up to standards at all times. It is the customer's responsibility to replace or re-certify the submeter every 10 years of active service. If the submeter has become defective, it is the customer’s responsibility to replace it with a new meter. If the meter is not replaced or re-certified it may be removed from the billing system.

    Examples of maintenance issues include:

    • The box is full of dirt.
    • The submeter box cover needs to be replaced.
    • The area around the submeter is not clear and accessible.

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  • Water and Sewer

    3071 SW 38th Ave, Miami, FL 33146
    8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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Water and Sewer
Kevin Lynskey, Director

Water and Sewer Douglas Office
3071 SW 38th Ave, Miami, FL 33146

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