Haven’t seen a recent thread on this topic so I figured I’d reintroduce it. I’m currently evaluating the purchase of a MHP in New Mexico which does not bill back for utilities. The park is 70 lots, so I figure installing water submeters would be somewhere in the ballpark of $14k-$21k. I’d be interested in enabling remote-monitoring tech to be able to read these meters remotely. However, I looked into this with Multifamily Utility Inc and they informed me that these monitoring costs are actually much higher than just using their services to implement RUBS (which is allowed in New Mexico).
My question is: Would it make sense to start off trying out a RUBS system for water billing, with the option to convert over to submeters if things don’t go smoothly? Would this be more or less hassle than just coughing up the submeter CapEx? I would like to promote water conservation as this is quite an issue in New Mexico, and I’ve heard RUBS isn’t the greatest for this. Sewer and garbage are flat rates, so I would have a few choices for how to recoup this cost. Any suggestions on best practices would be welcomed.
It’s always nice to have options, just want to make sure I’m taking a logical approach to this. Thanks!