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Water Meter Installation

Why are water meters being installed? In short, it is the law. In 2004, Governor Schwarzenegger signed Assembly Bill 2572 that became Chapter 884 of the California Code, requiring all services to be billed at a metered rate, so that water bills reflect water consumption.

The District’s Water Meter Project consists of the installation of residential and some commercial water meters on existing water service connections located throughout the District’s service area, within El Dorado County and the City of South Lake Tahoe, California. The water meters are being installed for all water customers as required by California State Law. The Project does not include meter installations to vacant properties or to properties that already have a meter. Since 1992, the District has required that all newly constructed homes have a water meter installed as part of their initial water service connection.

In 2010, the District began one of the most significant capital improvement projects in its history: Install water meters on more than 80% of the District water service connections and transition customers to a metered rate, as required by State law.This is no easy task. With the District’s aging infrastructure, many of these installations also include relocating leaky water mains. Despite these challenges, the District 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.


For more information regarding water meters please click on one of the links below.

If you currently have a water meter, or have recently had a water meter installed, log-in to your WaterSmart portal to view your water use, apply for water-efficient rebates or schedule a free service to reduce your water use and save money.

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August 2018
Shelly Thomsen
Water Meter Installation