How to select and install water meters
HOW TO SELECT AND INSTALL WATER METERS
In-line meters start at around $80 for ¾” plastic paddle-wheel models.
Prices increase with pipe size , if meters need to be installed on non-copper pipes, or if special connections are required (such as tri-clamps).
In-line meters can be purchased on-line from water meter suppliers, or through local plumbers. Utilizing Canadian suppliers can save on shipping, handling, and duty costs.
Meters that automatically transmit data are also available at additional cost.
For all meters installed in potable water lines, it is important to ensure the meters are safe for drinking water use. This can be verified by ensuring meters are certified to NSF/ANSI 61 (general contaminants) and/or NSF/ANSI 372 (lead free).
The time required to install in-line meters is typically between 15-30 minutes per meter. During installation, the water supply may be shut off. The installation should be scheduled at a time that will not
impact winery operations. Ensure proper sanitation is practiced so as not to contaminate the drinking water.
It is recommended that wineries rely on a licensed plumber for the installation of in-line meters, particularly for installation on pipes greater than ¾” or where water safety could be compromised.
Installation of in-line meters typically requires at least 8” of horizontal pipe for ¾” piping and approximately 4” of vertical and horizontal space around the pipe to accommodate the meter. Vertical piping may require a piping loop to install an in-line meter, increasing space requirements.
Hose meters can be used to monitor water use at the point of consumption. These can often be found in hardware or gardening stores and the cost can typically range from $20-$60.
Plastic hose meters may be damaged through rough handling of hoses. It is recommended to use a hose kink protector or something that restricts hose movement at the meter to protect the meter from damage that may occur from hose movement. More durable metal hose meters are also available for additional cost.
Hose meters can simply be screwed on to existing hose bibs or faucets.
Hose meters must be removed from outside fixtures and brought indoors during sub-freezing temperatures.