Meters and the environment

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Water meters benefit the environment 

The introduction of water meters has noticeably reduced household water use.  With water meters, customers are now able to better monitor and reduce the water they use both inside and outside the home. 

In Tasmania, TasWater is the 12th largest user of power in the state.  By installing water meters, we have helped reduce our carbon footprint in the following ways: 

  • With lower water use, TasWater has less need to pump vast amounts of water, lower electricity use and treatment costs and uses a lower quantity of treatment chemicals 
  • By detecting hidden leaks in the system, pumping and treatment can be further reduced leading to additional environmental benefits 
  • At the other end of the water cycle, benefits arise with decreases in sewage treatment and pumping, this means that less waste is returned back into the environment 
  • Old water meters will be recycled, and parts used in the manufacture of new meter 
Wasting water 
A dripping tap may not seem like much of a problem, but it could potentially be wasting as much as 50 litre of water every day. The table below shows some of the most common ways in which water goes to waste around the house, costing you money and putting unnecessary strain on the system. 
 
Item Water wasted                                                                                                                                                                        
Dripping tap  5 - 50 litres per day (2 - 18kL per year) 

Leaking toilet

5 - 100 litres per day (2 - 36kL per year) 
Leaving a tap running 9 - 20 litres per minute 

Watch this video to learn more about TasWater and the role it plays in the environment