New smart ultrasonic water meters will be installed in about 1200 east Christchurch homes over the next six months.
The meters can send information about water use back to the council directly, which means staff will no longer need to visit a home to get a reading.
The new meters, which the council intends to eventually install across the city, also collect more data about water use and can provide readings over the course of the day.
The first installations in east Christchurch come as the city approaches its last summer before the introduction of an excess water use charge.
From July 2022, households using more than an average of 700 litres of water a day over a three-month period will be stung by the new charge. The average Christchurch household uses 540 litres per day. Continue reading here.
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New Zealand is a nation of cat lovers, and increasingly – at least anecdotally – we’re keeping them inside.
Owners say welfare and conservation concerns are the main drivers; experts are cautious not to say too much, and cats are silent on the issue thus far.
What's worse — keeping a cat indoors 24/7, or letting it roam free where it will hunt birds, and possibly be injured?
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