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Secondary Water Metering

Project Overview

In partnership with the Bureau of Reclamation, State of Utah and Utah State University, Weber Basin Water Conservancy District has started installing secondary water meters in several areas within the District service area beginning March 2011. The meter project is important in helping water users to be accountable and know how much water they are using for irrigation needs on their properties. The meter project incorporates providing end users with a water usage statement each month. The statement provides enough information to assist in the more efficient management of irrigation water compared to real time weather for that same period of use and estimations for use based on property size, lawn irrigation needs and local factors that contribute to irrigating efficiently.The new meters are also part of a broader water conservation effort that has the goal of educating and informing residents how to be more efficient and effective with their water.

We are fortunate to have a wonderful water supply and thanks to the efforts and foresight of previous generations, we are the recipients of water supply that serves a host of uses from recreation and wildlife habitat to the treatment and use of every resident, business and industry in Weber Basin's service area. Water really is a driving force of the economy and will continue to be such if we manage and use that water supply appropriately. Future water may be needed, but the most effective use of current water supplies is of top priority which is why the need to meter and have accountability is necessary.

Project Benefits

  • A new valve will be installed on all connections that receive a meter. A new valve will improve Weber Basin’s ability to minimize disruptions to your service.
  • The District wants all water users to be aware of their secondary water usage.
  • Each resident will receive a monthly water usage report, detailing their usage and providing additional information to help manage water use efficiently.
  • Meters will facilitate larger water system and water distribution management for all areas.
  • Meters are part of a broader water conservation program and education effort which will tie in with all other conservation programs and services.
  • Understanding secondary water usage and promoting conservation is the key to using our limited water supply wisely and planning for our future.

Weber Basin Water participates on the Utah Governor’s Water Conservation Team with all other large water providers in the state. In January of 2013, the Governor re-emphasized a goal to reduce water usage in Utah by 25 percent per capita by 2025. We support and need to do our part in the achievement of that goal which will allow our water supply to remain adequate for years to come.

Project Impacts

There will be very few direct impacts to you as a water user by having a meter installed on your connection. The following bulleted items outline some of minimal impacts that may exist during meter installation and the effects after:

  • Secondary water meters will be installed on existing secondary water connections.
  • All users will receive written notice before work at your residence begins. Any up to date information that you may need will be on our website (here) or will be provided to you at the time of or during the installation. You can request e-mail updates via e-mail, phone, by providing your e-mail address information to the District (no e-mail address information will be shared or sold).
  • A small area on either side of the park strip will be excavated to install the meter. Some meters are located in the backyard of properties, and will require access to that location for the meter installation to be completed. If this is the case for your yard, a scheduled time would be worked out so that the installation could be completed without complication or delay.
  • When the meter is installed, a 12” diameter meter box cover, similar to your culinary water meter box, will be visible and will have a purple lid (indicating non-potable water).
  • Following installation, the contractor will restore landscaping around the meter box, to be as it was before installation. Most connection locations are in turf areas which will be restored and grow back so quickly that you may not notice any digging has been done within just a few weeks.
  • Most of the installations will occur when water is off. If there is a need to install a meter after water has been turned on for the season, the secondary water service will only be affected for a short period of time. We will make every effort to minimize impacts to your secondary water service.

Frequently Asked Questions

Weber Basin Water wants to be as helpful as possible during the meter installation process. Below are some of the common questions that we receive and their answers.

Question: Do I get to choose whether or not I have a secondary water meter installed at my residence?
Answer: No. Weber Basin intends to install a secondary water meter at every residence in the defined project areas. In order to accurately measure individual secondary water usage in these areas, every connection will need to be metered.

Question: Will Weber Basin begin charging me based on usage once the meters are installed?
Answer: Not at this time. Weber Basin plans on using the data gathered to measure the effectiveness of conservation efforts. Weber Basin will provide each user with a water need projection for their landscape based on property size (and an assumption of full turf as area being irrigated)and provide you with monthly usage statements. If you are using an excessive amount, you may receive information to help you know how to bring that usage down without changing the appearance or health of your landscape.

Question: Do I need to have a personal shut off valve for my irrigation system?
Answer: Yes. A separate, personal shut off valve is an important part of your irrigation system. It is important for you to have the means to shut off water flow to your individual system in the event that you have a break within your own sprinkler system. It is also recommended that you have a filter on your system because secondary water is not treated or filtered from the source and can plug sprinkler heads with debris if not filtered.

Question: Will the installation affect my culinary (inside water) system?
Answer: The installation will not affect your culinary water.

Question: Will the meter affect water pressure?
Answer: The meters chosen have been chosen because they show very little loss of flow or pressure when used. In some areas there is a potential to have some pressure changes but they are not likely due to the meter, but to the usage patterns within neighborhoods. If you notice lower pressure it is suggested that you change the time of day you irrigate when there is less demand on the system. However, please don't water in the hottest part of the day.

Question: Will the contractor restore the landscaping in the installation area?
Answer: Yes. The contractor will restore landscaping in the area affected by the installation. The contractor will likely restore the landscaping on a different day than the meter is installed. Be patient during the whole process and all will be restored as promised.

The District offers many conservation programs and educational information to help each water user be more efficient and effective. Please visit the conservation section of our website to learn about the Learning Garden, free classes, free events and many other programs that are available to help all water users be a bit more careful with our water resources.

Other areas within Weber Basin's service area have already been metered and meters will continue to be installed over time until all secondary connections receive a meter. End users will benefit from knowing how much water they are using for landscape irrigation needs and be able to reduce waste and inefficiencies as a result.