Water Sub-Metering Services
See The Benefits Of Water Sub-Metering In Your Rental Units
Conservation is the first step in controlling the ever-increasing cost of water. Sub-metering is a great way that landlords can do this in their rental properties. If you have more than one tenant, figuring out who has the heaviest or lightest water usage can be difficult. With inflation on water bills and rising rental fees to keep up with, making the calculations isn't easy.
With sub-metering, landlords have a simpler way to measure each tenant's water usage and charge them for the proper amount. Tenants are presented with a bill that reflects their water usage, making water conservation their responsibility and not the landlord's. When a property owner decides to sub-meter, it is a system that helps the environment as well as their tenants.
What Is Water Sub-Metering?
Water sub-metering consists of installing devices in each unit of a multi-family rental complex, such as apartment buildings, mobile homes, and condominiums. This equipment measures and tracks the water usage of each unit they are installed in. Sub-meters are also essential plumbing units that provide landlords and tenants many advantages. They can be monitored either by radio frequency by a company that reads the meter, or in person by someone the property owner has hired. Residents that are sub-metered reduce their average water consumption in the community by an overall 35%.
Water and sewer bills are some of the largest utility bills seen these days — moreso than in the past. Unfortunately, not every property can be sub-metered, and it may be impossible in some older buildings. Most newly constructed apartment buildings are built with sub-meters, and many modern buildings that don't have them yet are installing them.
How Does Water Sub-Metering Work & What Are The Benefits?
Landlords who use sub-metering for water usage now have water meters attached to each unit in their complex. This meter tracks each unit's water consumption. Each tenant pays according to how much water they use: those who use more pay more, those who use less pay less. Tenants are rewarded financially when they don't use as much water, as they don't have to pay as high a water bill.
Common household plumbing issues requiring repairs such as leaky faucets, toilets, and pipes, which are often unnoticed or ignored by tenants, will be reported more often as the water loss from leaks will negatively impact their utility bill.
Some other benefits of sub-metering are:
- Landlords can increase cash flow by recovering most, if not all, of their monthly utility bill.
- It eliminates water utility costs from the rent equation, so your property stays more competitive as well as making residents happier with rental prices.
- Water sub-metering encourages leak reporting so the landlord can take care of small problems before they become costly repairs.
- Because residents are directly responsible for their own water consumption, it leads to a “greener” property.
- It serves as an analytical tool for allocating costs to tenants.
- Eliminates the need for square foot water usage.
- Automatic meter reading can allow property owners to read meters at any time from anywhere in the world.
The best advantage is that sub-metering benefits not only the landlord, but the environment and the tenants as well — everyone wins! The environment, however, benefits the most as water consumption can be reduced up to 30% more than a community that is not on a sub-metering program. Drinkable water is becoming a scarce commodity with our increasing population, and it's becoming more expensive to produce it. Tenants on a sub-metered system will change the way they use water since they are now paying for it: no more letting taps run without using them, ignoring leaks they didn't care about, and so on.
Proper Installation Of A Water Sub-Metering System
The best time to start sub-metering is on a freshly built property, as the new tenants already understand they will have separate utility bills. Existing properties that are transitioning into sub-metering can face many challenges.
Transitioning to sub-metering can result in plumbing issues and having to explain to tenants why they will be paying for their own utilities. Retrofitting water meters on an already-built property can vary in the amount of work required, depending on the age and condition of the existing plumbing system.
But regardless of the age of the property, the installation of sub-metering will help to streamline the water bill system for you — as long as it's installed correctly. Water sub-meters should be connected by a licensed technician who will ensure that all meters are safe and of the highest quality. Our technicians will guarantee that your sub-meter installation is completed correctly, both to code and to the highest standards.
To have your property sub-metered, a few steps need to be carried out:
- Figure out how many tenants are to be monitored.
- Contact your contractor to have the meters ordered, and installation scheduled and completed.
- Do an initial reading of the sub-meters and allocate the cost to tenants.
- Once installed, have the sub-meters inspected to ensure that they are working properly.
Maintaining & Inspecting Sub-Metered Systems
It is important to have your sub-meter system regularly inspected and maintained to ensure that it is working as it should. This not only helps to prevent costly repairs, but ensures that the meters are charging your tenants correctly: not too much, nor too little.
Sub-metering has been around for many years, starting with the electric industry. Once it was determined that sub-metering would help to drastically decrease the amount of electricity usage in multi-family developments, sub-metering was applied to many other utilities, including water. Our highly trained technicians will provide top-notch service and maintenance, ensuring that your sub-metering system is working to its fullest potential.