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Partial-capture submetering

A type of submetering where only a portion of the total water consumption in each unit is measured.

Pass through percentage

The amount of the master metered utility bill allocated to residents. Also see Common Area Deduction.

Point-of-use (POU) meter

meter that measures water flow at the actual usage point, such as a faucet or a toilet.

Pressure testing

Subjecting a full water system to maximum normal pressure (or normal pressure plus a safety factor) against a closed downstream shut-off.


Public Utilities Commission.

Pulse meter

A water, gas, or electricity meter whose output is a series of electrical pulses, each one representing a specific quantity consumed (e.g. 10 or 100 gallons of water). Pulse meters are less accurate but more affordable than Encoded meters.