Water meters are instruments used for recording the quantity of water in a given location. All of the properties in Oakwood use a Domestic Water Meter (also known as residential meters or home meters) to measure water consumption for the property.
Properties using large amounts of water for outdoor watering or irrigation systems may benefit by installing an additional meter called an irrigation meter.
An Irrigation Water Meter exclusively measures water used for outdoor watering and irrigation. These meters may be installed at the owner’s expense on either a “direct read” or a “deduction” basis.
- Direct Read Irrigation Meter: A direct read meter keeps the water used for irrigation separate from the water used by the domestic meter. The water usage will be charged on the utility bill in addition to the charges for the domestic meter. A direct read meter installation will incur minimum monthly fees regardless of usage.
- Deduction Read Irrigation Meter: A deduction read meter (also known as a deduct meter) uses water for irrigation from water that has already passed through the domestic meter. The usage on the deduction meter is deducted off of the sanitary sewer usage on the utility bill. The total usage registered on the domestic meter is used for the water portion of the bill. A deduction meter is not subject to a monthly minimum charge.
Irrigation Meters must be obtained from the city of Oakwood and shall remain the property of the city of Oakwood. The cost of these meters, including installation and maintenance, is the sole responsibility of the property owner.
The city of Kettering inspects and issues permits for irrigation meters. Oakwood cannot release a meter until all costs have been paid and the inspections have been completed. Any meter that is connected to an irrigation system is required to complete an annual backflow certification at the property owner’s expense.