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Posted: Wednesday 6th July 2011

NEW easy access water meters are being trialled in Halifax as part of a joint initiative between Redrow Homes and Yorkshire Water.

Water meter boxes located under footpaths are often damaged during construction work and to reduce the chance of damage Redrow and Yorkshire Water have been considering alternative locations for the equipment.

Under a pilot scheme water meters at Wheatley Chase in Keighley Road, Halifax will be located on private land and affixed to the properties.

Among the options to facilitate the new meter location are ‘Groundbreaker’ wall mounted meter boxes. Redrow Yorkshire’s first wall mounted meter has been fitted at Wheatley Chase in a trial project initiated by Yorkshire Water with a view to rolling it out as a standard later this year.

Locating the ‘Groundbreaker’ on any suitable elevation of properties eliminates expensive boundary boxes beneath the streets; and makes water meters easier and quicker to read for the home owner and the water company.

Phil Shaw, of Redrow Homes, who has assisted Yorkshire Water, said: “The pilot has demonstrated that it is now technically possible and cost effective to locate a water meter on any aspect of a dwelling whether it be front, side or back. This flexibility will satisfy the aesthetic demands of all concerned.


“It removes the need for a footpath meter chamber or any other underground stop tap as the wall box has this included. It also takes away the cost and inconvenience of rectifying damage caused to underground meter chambers during construction work that, according to the results of a survey of housebuilders, affects 53% of all connections on all sites.”

Bill Summers, chair of the Home Builders Federation (HBF) Metering and Connections Committee, added: “This relaxation of wall box meter locations to any elevation of the dwelling delivers more choice for home builders than at any previous time and also brings more competition to an area of the connections process previously dominated by the footpath chamber.”

Ian Wilkinson, chair of the HBF National Utilities Committee, added: “To eliminate street furniture must be an advantage to any developer, as the cost of carrying out repairs is particularly onerous on a developer when it runs into many tens of thousands of pounds – a cost that if it can be avoided must be worthwhile.”

Groundbreaker Systems managing director Steve Leigh commented: “This is the culmination of 10 years hard work in providing a platform for either traditionally read water meters or the more sophisticated high tech systems available today; we look forward to working with all stakeholders in the provision of water services – new or existing properties – to achieve the Government’s objectives.

“We would like to thank Redrow Homes for their cooperation and constructive comments in delivering a successful outcome to the project”.

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