Re: Water Metering - Posted by Joe C. (AR)
Posted by Joe C. (AR) on March 23, 2006 at 23:17:50:
I installed water meters in my park about 5 years ago.
I installed them myself, materials $100-$125 per unit.
I could install 4-5/day.
My meters are NOT electronically read. I physically read the meters monthly. It takes me about 45 minutes to read 40 meters. I put together an excel spreadsheet to handle the calculations and invoices. My only entries are date, gallons used, cost, and the individual readings. Excel does the calcs, enters info on invoices and then I print them. I stuff, stamp and mail the envelopes. The whole process takes about 2 hous per month.
Other parks in my area divide the cost equally among the # of units. All of those tenants, I have spoken to, claim it’s unfair to them. They all point to a neighbor who has a bigger home, larger family, frequent car washes, leaks etc. They claim to be subsidising the neighbors. The truth is they really don’t know, but they suspect they are being cheated. Several of them have inquired about moving to my park, to get away from this situation but, I reserve my spots for LD’s.
Just adjusting the lot rent to compensate doesn’t work either. That cheats you. Tenant has no incentive to conserve. A burst pipe or running toilet could cost you $100.
I am master metered at a commercial rate. I add %5 per gallon for admin. cost, and it’s still cheaper than the residential rate for the tenant.
My way has worked well for me and I’m about to do the same to another, recently acquired, park.
I originally purchased meters from “plumbingsupply dot com”, but I’ve recently found “jerman dot com/dljmeter dot html”. They are less expensive and I believe quality is as good.
Just my .02
Joe C. (AR)