Meter Project

Updated 6 October 2016


Project Overview

Weber Basin Water Conservancy District is installing secondary water meters in several areas within the District's service area. The meter project is important in helping water users to be accountable and know how much water they are using for irrigation.  The meter project incorporates providing users with a water usage statement each month.  The statement provides information to assist in managing the use of irrigation water. Meters assist in the conservation effort with a goal of educating and informing residents how to be more efficient and effective with water usage.  

We are fortunate to have a wonderful water supply. We are the recipients of water 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. 

Project Benefits

  • All users will receive written notice before work at your residence begins.
  • A Weber Basin service valve will be installed on all connections that receive a meter. This valve will improve Weber Basin’s ability to minimize disruptions in the service area.
  • Each resident will receive a monthly water usage report, detailing their usage and providing additional information to help manage water use efficiently.
  • You can request your monthly statements to be emailed by providing your address and e-mail address information to the District (no e-mail address information will be shared or sold).
  • Meters are part of a broader water conservation program and educational effort.
  • 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.   The Governor established 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 items outline impacts that may exist during meter installation:

    • A small area will be excavated to install the meter.  Some meters are located in backyards, and will require access for the meter installation to be completed.  If you have a backyard connection a time will be scheduled for the installation.
    • When the meter is installed, a 12” diameter purple cover, similar to your culinary water meter box, will be visible.
    • Following installation, the contractor will restore landscaping. Sod replacment may occur at a later date.
    • Most installations will occur when the water is off to minimize irrigation disruptions.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    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 monthly statement for their irrigable area.  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 to your sprinkler system in case you have a break.  It is also recommended that you have a filter on your system. Secondary water is not treated or filtered and can plug sprinkler heads with debris.

    Question: Will the installation affect my culinary (inside water) system?
    Answer: No. The installation will not affect your culinary water.

    Question: Will the meter affect water pressure?
    Answer: In some areas there is a potential to have pressure changes.  If you notice lower pressures, it is suggested that you change the time of day you irrigate to a time when there is less demand on the system.  However, please remember that watering is prohibited between 10am and 6pm.
    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.

    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.

    For more information about landscapes, plants and free classes please see our Water Conservation website!