Is a water meter required?
A water meter is a device that allows you to accurately take into account how much and how much water you spent in your apartment. The rules and standards of utilities do not provide for the mandatory installation of metering devices. Therefore, each tenant decides for himself whether a water meter is required in his apartment.
There are very simple techniques to understand whether it is necessary or not necessary to engage in the installation of meters. In your payment order for utilities, it is indicated how many cubic meters of water is the average rate per month per person. This is a constant value, you pay for it about the same amount. For example, it is 10 cubic meters. But in reality, one person spends 3 cubic meters. In your family lives 3 people. So your savings will be 7 x 3 = 21 cubic meters. Multiply this figure by the amount of payment per unit of water consumption, and you’ll get the amount that will remain in your family wallet every month.
Where to get an approximate figure of real consumption? Talk to your friends, who already have meters. They will tell you very objectively how their payments decreased after the installation of meters. After their arguments, you will never have a question whether it is necessary to install water meters. You will greatly appreciate the savings from this!
The next question that should worry you, as tenants: is it necessary to put water meters on the whole house? They are usually installed in the basement of the house on the inlet valve in front of the central valve. Their installation is required by the rules of water accounting, which are currently being taken by municipalities, in Russia these powers are gradually transferred to them. This is done so that the organizations supplying the city (or another settlement) with water, do not suffer losses in the event of a water supply breakthrough in the basement of the house. Now tenants will pay for such an emergency. They are obliged to replace outdated pipes with new ones in order to avoid repeated breakthroughs.