MeterSave is a program offered by the City of Chicago Department of Water Management (DWM) to non-metered Chicago homeowners to voluntarily install meters to help them save water and save money.

Water charges in non-metered homes are tied to factors such as building size, lot-size and the number of plumbing fixtures. However, metered homes are billed according to actual water usage. This means that participating homeowners could save money on their water bills. Because customers with metered homes pay only for the water they use, they can save money while at the same time helping to protect Lake Michigan and save water.

Homeowners participating in MeterSave will receive a seven-year guarantee that the home water bill will be no higher than it would have if the meter had not been installed.

Upon installation of the meter, and while supplies last, homeowners will be eligible for additional incentives such as a rain barrel, outdoor water conservation kit or indoor conservation kit.

Who is eligible to participate?

Customers who are non-metered, residential single-family and two-flat owners in the city of Chicago will be able to volunteer.

What will it cost to participate?

The City of Chicago Department of Water Management will install a meter complete with the automatic meter reading (AMR) technology in your home free of charge. AMR technology allows readings to be transmitted via wireless radio technology to DWM vehicles as they drive by, eliminating the need for meter readings to take place inside the home.

Won’t my bill be higher once the City starts metering my water use?

Homeowners of non-metered, residential single-family or two-flat residences in the MeterSave program will receive a seven-year guarantee that their water charges won’t go higher than what they would have been if the meter had not been installed.  However, after the seven-year period, homeowners will be charged according to the current water rate and their actual water usage.  This may result in higher bills for some homeowners.

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