We need to be able to access to your water meter at any time. This could be to take a meter reading, investigate an issue or make necessary repairs or replacements.
Most water meters are outside of properties, on the grass berm, or in the concrete. Some water meters are within the grounds of your property, or sometimes on a neighbour’s land. Meters used to be installed where the developer planned them to be. All new meter connections are installed on public land.
For a meter to be accessible there needs to be enough space for a 2-man crew to comfortably work in and around the meter box. There also needs to be a safe, clear pathway from the road to your water meter.
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Resolving meter access issues
If your meter isn’t accessible, we can’t correctly charge you. This could happen for many reasons, such as:
Your meter is behind a gate, which you keep locked
You have a dog on your property
Your meter has been covered (with a temporary or permanent structure) or buried (under landscaping or a new driveway)
Your garden is overgrown around your meter
The first time this happens, we will estimate your charges and notify you. If this is still an issue when we read the meter in the coming months, we will contact you to agree on a permanent solution.
Relocating your water meter
The best solution is always to relocate your meter. Once you do this, we won’t have any issues reading your water meter again. We will remove your meter and install it in a new box on the grass berm, or concrete outside of your house. We will remove the original meter box and reinstate the area where the original meter was.
As the property owner, you would pay a one-off charge for the meter relocation. You can see our current charges for a better idea of the price of a standard relocation. Meter relocations are standard when they’re going from a grassed area, to a grassed area, no traffic control is needed and there are no other complications with the areas the meter is moving from and to.
If you relocate your meter to resolve an on-going meter access issue we can help you with a payment plan. Call us on 09 442 2222 (option 3) to discuss this.
Other meter access options
If your meter is behind a locked gate, you can provide a copy of your key along with this form. We would hold your key securely, signing it out to the meter reader on the day your meter will be read. The same meter reader would sign your key back in, after finishing their meter route.
If your gate is locked with a code, you can let us know what the code is. If we unlock a gate, we close and lock it again on our way out.
We could also call you, or send you a text message the day before we read your water meter. This would give you time to make sure the meter is accessible when we read it. This would need to be successful every time we read your meter for it to be a long-term solution.
Cutting in a new water meter
If your meter continues to be inaccessible and we haven't heard from you or agreed on a permanent solution, we have the option of installing a new meter.
We will cut in a new water meter outside of your property’s boundary, at your cost. This will be significantly more expensive for you than relocating your existing water meter. This is only needed when we haven’t been able to resolve this issue permanently with you in another way.