City installs water meters

The City of Armstrong has now completed a major component of its water conservation plan

The City of Armstrong has now completed a major component of its water conservation plan with the installation of nearly 1,800 residential water meters.

ln addition to conserving water, the project is also expected to reduce the city’s energy consumption and defer the need for additional water supply and treatment upgrades in Armstrong.

“Adding residential metering to our already metered commercial and industrial properties has been a high priority for many years,” said Mayor Chris Pieper.

“There is a real value to our community in understanding our water use and it is very exciting to see the project coming to fruition.”

Funding for the $760,000 project was made possible thanks in part to $470,000 from the federal Gas Tax Fund, as well as $16,300 from the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) and its Water Conservation and Quality lmprovement Grant Program.

“Water metering is one of the most important things a community can do to protect itself from shortages and sustainably manage water supplies,” said Anna Warwick Sears, executive director of the OBWB.

“lt also serves to help inform citizens about their own water use. Around the world, communities that meter are proving to be more resilient and better informed.

“lt’s great to see the City of Armstrong move forward on this initiative.”

The remaining funds for the project were provided through local revenues.