Credit Meter Information
Greater Peoria Sanitary District (GPSD) user charge bills are based on water supply meter readings. In accordance with GPSD Ordinances, the District will credit uncontaminated water not discharged to the sewer (unsewered water) if separate metering is provided. Click on the following links for more information.
Unsewered Credit Application (for unsewered water credit not accounted for by credit meter)
Credit Information For Residential Customers
Greater Peoria Sanitary District (GPSD) user charge bills are based on water supply meter readings. In accordance with GPSD Ordinances, credit for unsewered water is available to residential customers. The following is a summary of the various ways to obtain this credit.
1. Percentage Discount
The GPSD user charge rate for single and two family residences is automatically discounted for unsewered water. This discount is currently seven percent.
2. Once-a-Year Credits
Credit is available for one time, large usages of unsewered water. Examples of this type of water usage include filling swimming pools, leaks in water lines and watering newly sodded or seeded lawns and other types of new landscaping. This credit will be given for water use in excess of your calculated average sewered water use, less the year round discount for unsewered water. Please contact our Customer Services Department at (309)272-4804 for an application form to obtain this type of credit.
3. Credit Water Meters
Water meters may be installed to measure large, continuous usages of unsewered water (credit meters). Typically, residential credit meters are installed for in-ground sprinkler systems, large in-ground swimming pools and watering of extensive lawns and gardens. Please see the GPSD Water Meter Requirements for more information. You may also call (309)272-4880 or (309)272-4878.
Credit Information For Industrial, Commercial and Multi-Family Residential Customers
Greater Peoria Sanitary District (GPSD) user charge bills are based on water supply meter readings. In accordance with GPSD Ordinances, the District will credit uncontaminated water not discharged to the sewer (unsewered water) if separate metering is provided. Separate metering can be accomplished in one of two ways:
1. A water meter may be installed to measure unsewered water (credit meter). User Charge credits will be issued based on the meter readings. Please note that none of the water measured by a credit meter may be discharged to the sewer, or
2. A water meter may be installed to measure sewered water (billing meter). User Charge bills will be issued based on the meter readings instead of the readings provided by your water company.
When credit is desired for a cooling tower, a boiler, a swimming pool or any other unit where some of the water is discharged to the sewer for blow down or back flushing purposes, a means of accounting for the sewered water must be agreed upon with the District. Normally, a second meter is required but exceptions are allowed when sufficient justification is provided.
GPSD Water Meter Requirements
Users have the option to install water meters measuring unsewered water (credit meters) or sewered water (billing meters). In either case, the following requirements must be met.
1. The meter is the property of the User and must be maintained by the User at the User’s expense. The User is responsible for regularly reporting meter readings.
2. Each water meter must be permanently installed.
3. Each water meter must meet all standards and quality of construction set by the American Water Works Association.
4. Each water meter must be accessible to duly authorized GPSD personnel.
5. Non-residential users must submit a diagram showing the relationship between the installed meter, the process served by the meter, the water supply and any other meters in the system. This requirement may be waived for straight forward installations.
6. Industrial users must install meters on all water supplies not otherwise monitored and reported to the District.
7. Once a meter has been installed, the User must contact the District to arrange for a staff member to inspect the meter, seal the meter against tampering and complete an application form. The staff member will instruct the User on submitting readings and answer any questions at that time. Typically, meter readings are submitted on the same schedule as the User’s GPSD billing cycle (e.g. monthly billing requires monthly readings and quarterly billing requires quarterly readings).
Suggestions For Water Meter Installations
Suppliers: In addition to your favorite plumber, plumbing contractor or plumbing supplier, the following suppliers have indicated to us that water meters are available and in stock for retail sale.
Hi-Line Supply Co. – 403 E. Lake St. – Peoria, IL 61614 – Ph. (309)685-5986
Sidener Inc. – 115 N. Cummings Ln. – Washington, IL 61571 – Ph. (309)444-3183
Sheridan Nursery. – 3823 N. Sheridan Rd. – Peoria, IL 61614 – (309)682-7384
The District suggests that a licensed plumber or plumbing contractor install the water meter. If you choose to install the meter yourself, please consider the following suggestions.
1. Connection Size: Water meters are designated and sold according to their connection size. The connection size corresponds to the diameter of the water line into which the meter will be installed.
2. Capacity: The capacity of the water meter is set by the connection size.
3. Pressure: The meter should be built to operate quietly and accurately at the water pressures it will encounter. Water meters at well heads often encounter pressure extremes. A water meter designed for this type of application should be installed.
4. Read Out: Water meters should have a digital read out similar to an odometer on a car.
5. Unit of Measure: The District requires read outs in cubic feet unless installed in series with gallon meters.
6. Direction of Flow Arrow: The meter should have an arrow indicating proper direction of water flow.
7. Materials of Construction: Meters are constructed of plastic or bronze. Plastic meters are usually less expensive and corrosion resistant whereas bronze meters overall are more durable. We suggest that if you connect a plastic meter to metal piping, a grounding wire should be run to bypass the meter.
8. Back Flow Prevention: In certain installations such as well heads, a check valve may be desirable to prevent water from being measured twice.
9. Freeze Protection: Meters must be installed in locations so that they do not freeze in the winter. If this is not possible, they must be removed or be capable of being drained.
10. Noise: Under certain conditions, some models may whir, hiss, click, etc. If noise is a problem, please check with your meter supplier.
11. Water Temperature: Water meters normally work measuring only cold water. If you have an application involving hot water, be sure to specify this before you buy.
12. Solids: Water meters typically measure clean water. Sediment, silt and scale found in well water or boiler discharge may interfere with the meter. A strainer prior to the meter may be applicable for this type of installation.