The provisions of this chapter shall establish the means of conserving water, protecting water quality and providing for safe water consumption.
Water consumed from any source associated with the building or building site shall be metered. Each potable and reclaimed source of water, and each onsite nonpotable water source, shall be metered separately. Meters shall be installed in accordance with the requirements of the International Plumbing Code. For the purposes of Section 701.2.1, each meter identified in Table 701.2.1 shall be capable of communicating water consumption data remotely and at a minimum, be capable of providing daily data with electronic data storage and reporting capability that can produce reports that show daily, monthly, and annual water consumption.
Exception: Fire sprinkler systems installed in accordance with Section 903.3 of the International Fire Code shall not be required to be metered.
All potable and nonpotable water supplied to the applications listed in Table 701.2.1 shall be individually metered in accordance with the requirements indicated in Table 701.2.1. Similar appliances and equipment shall be permitted to be grouped and supplied from piping connected to a single meter.
Exception: In Group I-2 occupancies and ambulatory care facilities, water used for patient treatment or to support patient care shall not be required to be individually metered.
|Irrigation||Irrigation systems that are automatically controlled shall be metered.|
|Tenant spaces||Tenant spaces that are estimated to consume over 1000 gallons of water per day shall be metered individually.|
|Onsite water collection systems||The makeup water lines supplying onsite water collection systems shall be metered.|
|Ornamental water features||Ornamental water features with a permanently installed water supply shall be required to utilize a meter on makeup water supply lines.|
|Pools and in-ground spas||Indoor and outdoor pools and in-ground spas shall be required to utilize a meter on makeup water supply lines.|
|Open and closed circuit cooling towers||Cooling towers with a flow through a tower greater than 500 gallons per minute shall be required to utilize a meter on makeup water and blow-down water supply lines.|
|Steam boilers||The makeup water supply line to steam boilers anticipated to draw more than 100,000 gallons annu-ally or having a rating of 500,000 Btu/h or greater shall be metered.|
|Industrial processes||Industrial processes consuming more than 1,000 gallons per day on average shall be metered indi-vidually.|
|Evaporative coolers||Evaporative coolers supplying in excess of 0.6 gallons per minute, on average, makeup water shall be metered.|
|Fluid coolers and chillers||Water-cooled fluid coolers and chillers that do not utilize closed-loop recirculation shall be metered.|
|Makeup water for closed loop systems such as chilled water and hydronic sys-tems||Makeup water supplying systems of 50 tons of cooling capacity or 500,000 Btu/h of heating capacity shall be metered.|
|Roof spray systems||Roof spray systems for irrigating vegetated roofs or thermal conditioning shall be metered.|
For SI: 1 gallon = 3.8 L, 1 gallon per minute = 3.8 Lpm, 1 ton = 12,000 Btu, 1 British thermal unit per hour = 0.00029 kWh.