Water meters will be installed in the Thompson-Nicola Regional District over the next two years.
About 2,400 residents in 11 TNRD owned water systems will be affected.
“Conservation is certainly one of them,” TNRD CAO Sukh Gill said of the reasons behind the decision.
“It’s to better deal with leak detection, it’s to better deal with usage, it’s to better determine what our usage is, so we can plan our water filtration types of upgrades that are need. That baseline information is needed.”
Gill said the TNRD was approved for a $3.5-million gas tax grant to install the potable water meters.
“It’s 100 per cent funded and will get us that meaningful information,” he said.
The goal is to install all residential connections by the end of 2012 and reduce daily and overall water usage by at least 10 per cent by the end of 2023. Notices will be sent out to impacted residents, in addition to public meetings in each community that will answer questions regarding the water meters.
Further details about implementation will also come before the board in the new year. The board approved on Thursday during its regular meeting the updated 2018 water conservation plan.