26 September 2023

Water changes to see customers pay

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The Water Corporation has made a number of changes to its water meter relocation process.

According to the Corporation, the changes are designed to align processes with water services legislation and plumbing regulations better, as well as to improve safety when working on or near Water Corporation assets.

It said that under the changes, customers will need to engage a licensed plumber at their own cost to relocate all the internal pipework prior to the Water Corporation relocating the meter.

It said the customer would work with the plumber to determine a suitable and compliant location for the meter and the internal pipework would be relocated to that new location.

In a statement, the Corporation said the customer would need to ensure that sufficient clearance was required all the way around and above the new water meter position.

“The new meter location is to be free of any hazards or obstructions, bushes, trees, or retaining walls,” the Corporation said.

“Pipework is not to be encased with brick paving or concrete.”

It said at least 2,000mm clearance is to be provided from a transformer box.

“Western Power’s exclusion zone is to be considered if the proposed new meter location is near a power dome.”

It said that changes to internal plumbing could affect the existing electrical earthing in a property so licenced plumbers would need to consider if planned plumbing changes would affect the existing earthing system.

“If so, they must be aware of electrical hazards associated with metallic pipework and engage a licenced electrician to check that the earthing system is compliant,” the Corporation said.

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