A submeter is used to measure the water not entering the sanitary sewer system and is normally associated with irrigation, cooling towers on buildings and pool filling. By installing a submeter, you will be able to water your lawn and fill your pool without paying a sewer charge for the water used.
Water and Sewer Department (WASD) customers can participate, and obtain a reduction on the sewer portion of their bill.
To purchase a submeter, visit the Water and Sewer Department’s Customer Service Lobby. Cash, money order, cashier’s check or regular checks are accepted for purchase; credit cards are not accepted for submeter purchases.
The price is based on the meter size, beginning at $43.30 for the 5/8" meter, which is the most commonly used size.
After purchase, the customer is responsible for the proper installation of the submeter. Written information is provided at the time of purchase, along with WASD's terms and conditions the customer must agree to in order to obtain a submeter. WASD cannot make any recommendations on who to install the submeter. The customer can look through the phone book under plumbing or irrigation companies, and then decide which company to use for the submeter installation.
Following the submeter installation, the customer must call the submeter inspector at 786-552-8806 for final inspection to determine that the submeter installation was done properly. After the installation is approved by the inspector and the meter is activated on the customer's account, a $50 inspection fee will be posted to the customer's billing account.
It is the customer’s responsibility to maintain the submeter within WASD standards at all times. If the customer fails to make any necessary maintenance needs with a submeter, the meter will be removed from WASD's 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; or if a submeter has been in use for a long period of time and has become defective, the customer must replace it with a new meter. Submeters are to be replaced after every 10 years of active service.
For more information on submeters, call our Customer Relations Branch at 305-665-7477.
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