Can you imagine a cab without fare meters? Without a fare meter, the cost to drive around the block or travel between two cities would cost the same. Similarly, it is difficult to charge for water services fairly without a water meter. Thus, meters of all kinds have become integral parts of our economy and lifestyle – in scientific testing, machine alerts and maintenance, resource conservation, and the way utilities bill for services.
What is a water flow meter, and why do utility providers install them?
A water flow meter is a type of measurement instrument fitted onto a pipe through which water flows. The meter continuously monitors the water flowing through the pipe to calculate the volume of water flow.
Utility providers that supply water to commercial and residential properties install water meters in order to charge customers for this valuable natural resource and to manage water consumption effectively. Some people regard meters as the fairest way to charge for water services.
There are other ways to use water meters:
Benefits of water meters
Installing water meters benefits not only utility providers but consumers. A water meter’s benefits to utility providers include the ability to:
A water meter’s benefits to consumers include:
To better understand how to achieve these benefits, it’s important to first understand water flow measurement and how meters are read. Stay tuned for the next installment in this series to find out.
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