Title: Water Meters in Chicago: the MeterSave Program
Webinar Type: Technical Webinar
Delivered on: 11/28/12
IEPA #: 5259
Credit hours for water operators & engineers: HOURS: 1.00
Total Hours: 1.00
Presented By: Andrea Putz & Irene Caminer, City of Chicago
Description: The City of Chicago is one of the last major metropolitan cities to be fully metered. Although 79% of our water revenue is from metered accounts, Chicago has approximately 320,000 homes that are not metered. Chicago has been researching best practices to implement Universal Metering including installation of a meter upon property transfer, upon customer volunteerism, or as part of a mandatory, geographically-based program. In 2008, Chicago began planning for a novel, voluntary, incentivized program called MeterSave. Homeowners participating in MeterSave receive a 7-year guarantee that their water bill will be no higher than it would have if the meter had not been installed. Customers will have the ability to control their water usage and reduce their bills while at the same time the City can improve water conservation and better track consumption and leakage. Once the meters are installed the homeowners will, by word of mouth, become ambassadors to promote the program in future years. Awareness and education are key components to gaining buy-in by a municipality’s constituencies.Andrea Putz, City of Chicago
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Andrea Putz is the Water Research Specialist for the City of Chicago Department of Water Management where she is lucky enough to spend her days working on her passions - drinking water treatment, water efficiency, and water meters. Andrea has been with the City of Chicago since 2004. After receiving her BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she began her graduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin where she earned her Masters degree and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering. Andrea has been a member of AWWA for 14 years and is actively involved in local AWWA section activities.
Irene Caminer, City of Chicago
Ms. Caminer came to the Department of Water Management in 1997 after serving 7 years as an Assistant Corporation Counsel in the City’s Law Department. Ms. Caminer works on a variety of DWM matters within the Commissioner’s Office. Ms. Caminer received her B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her J.D. from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. Since 2006, Ms. Caminer serves as a board member for the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies.