1. What is a secondary meter?
At the option and expense of a property owner, an
additional water meter, referred to as a secondary water
meter, may be installed. The secondary water meter shall
allow for the metering of water that is directed exclusively
to a sprinkler system or outside spigot or connection such as,
but not limited to, a swimming pool.
2. How will a water and sewer customer benefit?
The secondary meter will measure the volume of water used
exclusively outside of the house that will not enter a
sanitary sewer system, therefore, this water usage will not be
applied into the calculation of the sewage disposal bill for
3. How will this help to conserve water?
During the summer months approximately 65% of the total
water is used outdoors primarily for watering lawns and
gardens as well as for washing cars and other recreational
uses. The secondary meter will identify the amount of water
that is used outside, therefore allowing the customer to
better monitor and control their outside water use.
4. What does the meter cost?
The size of the secondary meter shall be at least the same
size or smaller of the incoming water service. The Water &
Sewer Division will not be responsible for determining the
size of the secondary meter.
|3/4 " meter
|1 1/2" meter
5. Are there other costs?
The installation of a secondary meter will require
plumbing changes within the home. The costs for these plumbing
changes will vary depending upon the complexity of the
existing plumbing in each home. A licensed plumber should do
6. Is a permit required?
All plumbing changes and meter installations must be
incompliance with the State Plumbing Code. A Plumbing Permit
with a compliance statement signed by both the contractor and
the homeowner will be required from the Township's Building Division.
Click here for application. All
work must be inspected and approved by the Plumbing Inspector
before use of the secondary meter.
7. How does a customer purchase a secondary meter?
A secondary meter can be purchased in the
Water & Sewer Division located in the Public Services building
on Exeter. Click here
for a map. For more information please call
Steps for Installing a Secondary Water Meter
1. Determine the size for your secondary
water meter. This is best discussed with whomever will be
doing the work. The Water & Sewer Division will not be
responsible for determining the size.
2. Prior to purchase the owner or
plumber will need to know the existing water service size as
well as the type of valve before the existing meter.
3. Pay for the secondary water meter in
the Water & Sewer Division. Cash or check only. This can be
done before or at the time of pulling the permit.
|3/4 " meter
|1 1/2" meter
4. The contractor (or homeowner) doing the work is required
to secure a plumbing permit through the Building Division. The
plumbing permit fee is $70 for the secondary meter. Pick up
the secondary meter.
5. Have the meter installed and plumbing changes made
according to the diagram provided. This must be done
within 30 days of purchase.
6. After both meters are set, contractor (or homeowner)
must call for an inspection in the Building Division at
248.594.2818. Must have the permit number to schedule an
7. Once the inspection is approved, the Water & Sewer
Division must have access to install remote.
Appointments should be schedule within 24 hours of inspection
approval by calling
8. A separate billing account will be set up for reading
the secondary meter and billed for water only charges on the
outdoor water use.
Secondary Meter Proper Installation
Now that you have your secondary meter, use the following
checklist to complete the process. Click here to print the
checklist in PDF format.