Water Meters are Coming to Your Neighborhood

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Water Meters are Coming to Your Neighborhood

In 2005, the City of Sacramento began one of the most significant capital improvement projects in its history: Install more than 110,000 water meters by 2025 and transition customers to a metered rate, as required by State law.

This is no easy task. With the City's aging infrastructure, many of these installations also include relocating leaky water mains from customers' backyards to the street. In addition, the State law requiring water meters provided no funding to help offset costs.

Despite these challenges, the City has made steady progress over the past several years with both installing meters and securing outside funding to help accelerate the program and minimize the financial burden on our customers.

The City of Sacramento is dedicated to making the water meter installation process and transition to metered rates as smooth as possible for our customers while complying with the State mandate. And, as the City continues to move forward with installing meters, we want you to be prepared.

This site is designed to help our customers prepare for water meters by outlining the City's plans for installing meters and progress to date, what customers can expect during the meter installation process, how to prepare for the switch to a metered rate and tips for saving water—and money—on your utility bill.

Should you have additional questions about the water meter program, please contact the Department of Utilities by calling 311 or (916) 264-5011.

Count your savings!

Water meters can help you understand how much water you use—and can save!

With water meters, you pay for only the amount of water you actually use—just as natural gas, telephone or electricity services are paid. You are in control of your own water bill. Also, meters can help you detect leaks and stop waste.

See how our new Automated Water Meter reading system can help you save water!


Water Meter Program Manager Michelle Carrey, PE, provides an overview of the City’s water meter program.





August 25:
Spare the Water Alert has been issued for due to heat! What can you do to help save water? Try running your sprinklers for 1-2 minutes less per station, you can save up to 250 gallons per cycle! How do you save water?

August 24:
Yet another great reason to drink up Sacramento! Your water quality is number #1 and it is a great way to lose weight!

August 23:
Our next Water Conservation Ambassador Training is tonight! 6-8 p.m. at the Asian Community Center, 7375 Park City Drive. Bonus, irrigation workshop from 8-9. Hope to see you there!




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