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Mayor David E. Anderson
It won't be long until some folks are watering their lawns and gardens, and I have some news to share in this regard. Recently City Council passed an ordinance allowing for the installation of Deduct Meters for residential properties. Residents who do a great deal of outside watering during the summer months may be interested in looking into this new option. Below is a list of questions regarding this new program:
WHAT IS A DEDUCT METER?
A deduct water meter measures the amount of water not discharging into the sanitary sewer system. This would include water used for lawn irrigation systems or outside hose connections. The measurement of the deduct meter shall be deducted from the consumers sewer usage based upon the reading of the primary water meter.
WHERE CAN I GET A DEDUCT METER?
Deduct water meters are available for purchase at the Lake County Department of Utilities, (440) 350-2070, fax (440)-350-2064, 125 E Erie St, Suite 7, Painesville, OH 44077. Contact LCDU for meter cost or other deduct meter related information.
WHO CAN INSTALL A DEDUCT METER?
A professional plumber, registered with the City of Willoughby, must obtain all permits and perform all plumbing work including installation of the touch read. An application for plumbing permit, deduct meter application form and payment of permit fees is required to obtain a plumbing permit.
WHAT ARE THE COSTS OF DEDUCT METER INSTALLATION?
Installation costs are variable and depend on the extent of work required. Written estimates should be obtained from various plumbing contractors you select. A list of plumbing contractors can be obtained from the building department.
ARE THERE OTHER REQUIREMENTS?
The Ohio Plumbing Code requires backflow protection for these types of systems. The professional plumbing contractor should be aware of these.
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO ONCE MY DEDUCT METER IS INSTALLED?
Once the deduct meter is installed, the contractor must contact the Lake County Department of Utilities, (440) 350-2070 to schedule the sealing of the meter. The deduct meter will then be in service and water registered on this meter will be deducted from your sewer bill.
Please contact the Willoughby Building Department at (440) 953-4119 if you have additional questions.
Have a great month.