Whitianga water meters project – tenders open this Friday 06 July 2021 Contractors wanting to be involved in the supply and installation of water meters in Whitianga will be invited to submit a tender from this Friday 9 July. Contractors wanting to be involved in the supply and installation of water meters in Whitianga will be invited to submit a tender from this Friday 9 July. The open tender is for the supply and installation of approximately 4000 mechanical meters with a smart meter add-on. The smart meter add-on will enable an automatic meter reading (AMR) system, which allows meter readers to collect data from the road, rather than having to go on-site. Tenders will close at 4pm on Wednesday 4 August. The tenders are being advertised on TenderLink and GETS. Tenderers wishing to submit a tender for this project must do so via one of the above websites. Our water services contractor, Veolia, has almost finished checking where all the water meter connections are around Whitianga. Veolia will then get onto the next stage of works, which involves getting the connection sites ready to allow for the new water meters to be installed on existing property water connections once the meter supply and install contract has been awarded. Further communications with affected properties will be provided closer to the time. Why water meters? Our Council received grant funding from the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) of $4.8 million towards the supply and installation of water meters on each Whitianga property connected to our Council's water supply system. The funding was received when we signed up to Tranche One of the Government’s Water Reform programme. There is no cost to ratepayers for the installation of these meters and any introduction of metered water charges will be publicly consulted on through an Annual Plan or future Long Term Plan. Water meters are already installed in Thames, Thames South, Coromandel Town, Pauanui and some areas of Tairua. Find out more about the project at tcdc.govt.nz/watermeters Water Conservation Water isn’t as free and abundant as you might think. We’re surrounded by water on the Coromandel so it’s easy to think of it as a free resource that will never run out. But the population in some of our communities multiplies 10-fold in summer and if we are smart about our water use, we can delay costly new infrastructure. Top 5 smart water conservation tips Wait until you can do full loads before you wash dishes or use the washing machine. Don’t run the water when brushing your teeth. For cool drinking water, fill a jug and keep it in the fridge. Running water to cool it down can waste 10 litres a minute. For lawns, apply the ‘step test’ – if grass springs back after you walk on it, it doesn’t need watering. If your toilet has a dual flush button, use the half flush.