Utilities

 The Utilities Department include the provision of water, sewer and garbage collection for properties. If you are moving from your current residence, the Town requires a minimum of 48 hours notice when terminating services. The customer will be responsible for all charges until service has been terminated as requested.

For inquiries on your Utility Bill and Meter, please contact the Utility Dept.
403-361-2101
For inquires on Water, Sewer, and Stormwater services (IE. curb stop issues, sewer back ups), please contact the Infrastructure Dept.
403-361-2108

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 Water Meter Installation FAQ's
 

Why do we have water meters?
Clean potable water is a precious commodity around the world. We are truly fortunate we have access to this water in Strathmore. Water meters will eventually be installed in all communities around North America to help detect leaks and minimize water loss. Meter technology is proven to be effective in planning facilities to meet demand and reduce the amount of unaccounted water loss (leakage) in the system.

 

Why does my current water meter need to be replaced?
New meters have water indicators making it easier for the homeowner to detect leaks. They are also easier for the customer to read. These new meters not only have better flow, but they also have water usage backup stored on the meter via battery. These new meters are able to detect leaks at much smaller increments allowing the homeowner to catch their leaks sooner before they get out of hand!

 

Is this a smart meter?
This is not a smart meter. We rely on a battery to record hourly usage, to store alerts every four hours and then to deliver a radio-frequency alert signal once a day to the office.

 

Who is installing the meters?
Your Town of Strathmore Utility Operator will be tasked with changing out your water meter. They have received training from the manufacturer and hold several applicable certificates. Your Utility Operator will be wearing a uniform, have photo ID, be in a marked Town of Strathmore vehicle, and have passed a police security clearance.

 

How do you read the meter?
The meter is tethered to a Radio Receiver. The radio receiver has three functions: first it uses a lithium battery to store your water usage (hourly and up to 35 days), second it monitors your water usage and stores alarms such as leaks; and third it communicates with the Town Office via radio tower once a month to give your read.

 

When do I make my appointment?
You will be contacted by the Town of Strathmore Utility Department either by notice or phone call to book your appointment at a time that is convenient for you.

 

What happens during the installation?
Typically the new meter and equipment will be installed in a half hour. Water interruption during this time only lasts a few minutes.

Where would my water meter be located?
Most water meters are in the basement where the water line enters the house (just above the main water shut-off valve) and next to the hot water tank and/or furnace.

 

What should I do to prepare for the service?
Locate and exercise the main water shut off valve. It is typically located on your main water line that comes out of the foundation close to the hot water tank and/or furnace. Ensure the water in your home can be completely turned off using this valve. If you find the flow of water does not stop completely, notify the Utility Department. We can try your curb shutoff prior to the appointment.

Access: Please clear the area of any personal belongings or storage so the installers have full and safe access to complete the work. This area may get wet.

Pets: It is important to have any in-home pets sequestered in a place where their well-being and the safety of the installer will not be of issue.

NOTE: We require that someone 14 years or older be home at the time of the appointment.

 

My shut-off valve doesn’t work, how will the installer turn the water off?

The Utility Operator has all the tools and experience required to stop the flow of water and install the new water meter at the time of your appointment. In some more challenging cases, however, a return visit may be required.

 

I’ve heard meters need to be calibrated?
Minerals scale mechanical meters and scale the walls of the water meter. Much like an automobile, water meters work worse with age and contribute to water loss. While the new magnetic meters work better at tracking smaller increments, they still will need to be changed out when the water loss becomes to great. Our water meters DO NOT need to be calibrated. Before the water loss becomes too great, we change out the water meter.

 

A final note on water loss.
Water loss exists in every municipality; there simply is no “magic way” of recording every drop of water. While the magnet system is a vast improvement over the mechanical system, water loss will still occur. Water loss in a municipality effects all residents. It increases services, water rates and effects the budgets of other departments tasked with infrastructure upgrades, repairs and projects.


Be mindful of how you use water! Visit the Town website for the current water rate and compare your day-to-day usage with your water meter to figure out how much water you use. Share this information with your family and encourage everyone to conserve water.

 

Reading your Meter

Your water meter is usually located near your Hot Water Tank or two feet from where the main line enters your home.  Water Meters in Strathmore is measured and billed in cubic meters. 
A cubic meter is roughly 1m x 1m x 1m. One cubic meter = 1000 litres.

SENSUS EIGHT WHEEL METER

Sensus 8 Wheel Meter 

The numbers to the left of the decimal represent cubic meters (m³). The large lines on the red dial are hundreds of millilitres and the smaller lines in-between is fifty millilitres.

To check for a leak make sure all water in the house is turned off and check to see if the black line on the red dial is moving.

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CUBIC METRES

DECIMAL

HUNDRES OF LITRES

TENS OF LITRES

ONES OF LITRES

 

SENSUS iPERL DIGITAL WATER METER

There is a small tab on the cover, open the cover by pulling up on the tab. There are 9 digits on the Sensus iPERL digital display. Reading from Left to Right there is a small decimal after the fifth digit, the numbers to the left of the decimal represent the cubic meters (m³).

To check for a leak make sure all water in the house is turned off. If there is a plus sign below the digital display, water is passing through the meter.  You can also watch the ninth number on the far right (This number won’t have a line above it), this number represents 100 milliliters.

CUBIC METERS

DECIMAL

HUNDRES OF LITRES

TENS OF LITRES

ONES OF LITRES

HUNDREDS OF MILLILITRES

SENSUS iPERL DIGITAL WATER METERSENSUS iPERL DIGITAL WATER METER

This meter reads Two Hundred and Twelve Cubic Meters.
If you have problems finding your meter or reading it clearly, please call our office so we can try to assist you.

 

Keeping Your Water Service Valve Clear

Is your Water Service Valve - Curb Stop “ CC” – exposed and readily accessible? It is located on the ground on the outside of your property? Is there a possibility it is overgrown by grass or maybe under a sidewalk, a tree or a bush?

As a homeowner, it is in your best interest to know where the curb stop is on your property and have it readily accessible (homeowner’s responsibility) in case of emergency. The Town of Strathmore will be able to help locate the “CC” for you and to see if this in good working condition.  An appointment must be booked for this free service by calling 403-934-3133 and waiting for the Utilities prompt.

 It is also important to check the water shutoff valve located inside your home, before the meter, to make sure it is operational. If your shut off is not operational, please contact a plumber to replace the valve. (CC valve must be operational first)  It is a good idea to have a separate shut off valve inside your home for your outside tap - so it can be turned off when you are away or during the winter months.  

 

Contact Us

Town of Strathmore
Department Title
680 Westchester Road
Strathmore, AB, T1P 1J1
Phone: (403) 934-3133