How to determine meter requirements and locations
Wineries must have a good understanding of where water comes from and how water is used. Using a plumbing diagram that illustrates how water moves through the facilities, a winery can determine meter requirements and identify the appropriate locations for water meters.
Create a plumbing diagram to help identify meter requirements and determine meter locations. The diagram should include:
- Source(s) of water such as wells, municipal connections, storage containers for truck-in water, etc.
- Piping sizes and materials
- Treatment equipment such as filtration, disinfection, or water softening
- Points of use including taps, washrooms, sinks, and other fixtures
Case Study: Norman Hardie Plumbing Diagram
Wineries can use the plumbing diagram to determine how meet their water monitoring goals. By examining how the water system supplies different operations and activities, where water lines split, and where water is used, wineries can develop a plan that will provide the information they need.
Case Study: Norman Hardie Monitoring Requirements
Where possible, locate meters in easily accessible but protected locations and on smaller diameter copper pipes.
In-line meter costs increase significantly for pipes larger than 1.5”.
It may be cheaper to install multiple meters on smaller pipes than one meter on a larger pipe.