Deduct Meters Information


Second Water Meters for Outdoor Water Use
As was approved at a public Sewer Rate Hearing on December 12, 2002, the Pepperell Sewer Department will no longer adjust sewer bills for "summer usage". Billings will be made as per the actual water meter readings. All sewer customers are again advised that a second meter for the purpose of determining and deducting outdoor water use from the sewer bill is allowed and these second meters will be read starting in the upcoming billing cycle.

The Water Department must be made aware of the existence of any second meter before the next reading. If a property owner desires to have a second meter installed for this purpose, the Water Department has a policy in place and meters in stock. Please contact the Water Department to notify them that you have a second meter, that you want a second meter installed, or with any questions.

Guidelines for Deduct Meters Installed in the Town of Pepperell
  1. The Pepperell Water Division will sell the deduct meter and meter connections at a price based on actual material costs, including cost of Inspection, 15% Administrative fee and 5% sales tax.
  2. The Pepperell Water Division will read all Deduct Meters.
  3. The Homeowner will be responsible for installation of the deduct meter and meter connections. Deduct Meter must be installed in the same area as the main water meter and reader.
  4. The Pepperell Water Division will install all touch pad or radio read units to the outside of the house.
  5. The Pepperell Water Division will need to drill a 1/4" hole in the house to run a wire from the deduct meter to the touch pad or radio read unit. The Water Division will use caulking to prevent leaks.
  6. The Pepperell Water Division shall inspect every deduct meter installation. Installation must be approved by the Pepperell Water Division before readings will be taken. Please remember to have your Deduct Meter inspected immediately after installation. If the Homeowner does not notify the Pepperell Water Division of the deduct meter installation, there will be an inspection fee of $50.00 assessed to the homeowner.
  7. The Homeowner will be responsible for accessibility and any frost damage to the deduct meter. All rules and regulations applying to water meters in the Pepperell Water Division's Rules and Regulations Handbook will also apply to deduct meters.

Deduct Meters Installation Instructions
  1. The Deduct Meter must be installed after the original water meter (no teeing off before the original water meter allowed). Deduct Meter must be installed near the main meter. 
  2. The Deduct Meter must be at a reasonable height so that the Pepperell Water Division can read the top of the meter.
  3. The Deduct Meter must be installed horizontal (no vertical installations allowed).
  4. Meter connections provided by the Pepperell Water Division must be used.