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Water meter deadline nearing

Time is running out for Charlottetown residents to take part in the city's voluntary water meter program.

Charlottetown aims to save water through residential meters

Homes with water meters installed use less water, say Charlottetown officials.

Time is running out for Charlottetown residents to take part in the city's voluntary water meter program.

The program is designed to convert flat-rate water customers to water meters by offering incentives to make the switch. The goal was to have 1,000 households take part, and there are about 350 spaces left.

The water supply has been a serious issue in Charlottetown for several years, as the city has put significant stress on the Winter River watershed.

The city covers the cost of the meter installation, which is about $200. It also offers a guaranteed rate for one year after installation.

Customers who are already metered can earn up to a $75 credit toward their own water bill by encouraging others to make the switch to a meter.

City officials say a water meter can save an average of four cubic metres of water per customer, per month.

The program ends Dec. 31.

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