Domestic water meter


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Terms & Synonyms

Official WHO Definition

A device used to measure the amount of water used by a house (WHO and IRC 2003).A mechanical or electronic device used to measure the volume of water supplied to a consumer (World Plumbing Council Working Group 2008)

Other Definitions


Interpretations and Explanations

Water meters provide the means to charge fees according to the volume of water delivered, and to influence water use via tariffs. Water meters consist of a device to measure flow, and a protective housing with an inlet and an outlet. A strainer over the inlet keeps larger particles out of the system. There are many types of water meter, but for ordinary domestic or public standpipe use, turbine meters are most common(WHO and IRC 2003).A domestic water meter is usually fitted at the property boundary to measure the volume of water used. The meter data enables the water used to be charged on a user pay basis. The cost of water is one strategy to reduce water use. The efficient water use will reduce the overall supply demand. A meter may also be installed within a property to measure specific water use, for example, the hot water use within a building, or water used in an industrial process (World Plumbing Council Working Group 2008).


WHO and IRC Water and Sanitation Centre (2003) Linking technology choice with operation and maintenance in the context of community water supply and sanitation: A reference document for planners and project staffVictorian Women’s Trust (2007) Australians making a difference in water reform.

WHO Lexicon page (translations and examples)

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