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 Law on mandatory installation of heat and water meters in residential buildings comes into force

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The law on commercial metering of services for supply of thermal energy and water, which obliges operators of external engineering networks (heating networks, water canals) to equip 100 percent of residential houses with per house accounting nodes (heat energy, water), came into force in Ukraine.

The law was published in the official newspaper of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Holos Ukrainy, and comes into force the following day, Aug, 2, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrainski Novyny.

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The document provides that equipping of non-residential premises with per house meter units must be completed within a year from the date the law comes into force, that is before August 2018.

The equipping of apartment houses with calculation meters for hot and cold water must be finished before two years after the law enters into force, that is until August 2019.

The costs for equipment of houses with meters, incurred by the operator of external engineering networks, are to be reimbursed by consumers of the utilities in every building by paying a fee for establishing a house meter unit.

In addition, in multi-apartment buildings and other buildings where there are more than one consumer, the law provides for mandatory installation of individual (residential) metering devices (or heat distribution devices) that are used to distribute the readings of the home metering device.

The law prohibits connection to external engineering networks of constructed buildings that are not equipped with meters according to its requirements.

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As reported, on June 22, the Verkhovna Rada adopted as a whole the law on the commercial metering of public services, which provides for the installation of heat and water meters in homes.

The adoption of the bill No.4901 as a whole was supported by 238 deputies out of required 226.

July 28, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed the law.
 
 
 
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