$5 million in stimulus funds for water meters in Sacramento region


Sacramento, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — August 21, 2009 – The Regional Water Authority (RWA) has announced that its members will receive a $5 million federal grant to accelerate water meter installation in the Sacramento region.

The funding is being provided by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and will be matched with $10 million of local funds.

The RWA coordinated the proposal, and Sacramento Suburban Water District (SSWD) applied on behalf of RWA members Carmichael Water District, El Dorado Irrigation District (EID), and the cities of Sacramento and West Sacramento.

“We’re excited to have Reclamation recognize the importance of this regional project,” said John Woodling, executive director of the RWA. “It’s satisfying to be successful when competing with proposals from throughout the West.”

Water providers in the greater Sacramento region have aggressively pursued metering over several years. Many agencies’ service areas are fully metered, and the region as a whole has progressed from having one-third of all connections metered in 2000 to one-half today.

“Water meters are a critical water efficiency tool because they help both water providers and customers better understand how water is used and where changes can be made,” Woodling added.

The Regional Water Authority (RWA) is a joint powers authority formed in 2001 that serves and represents the interests of 22 water providers and affiliated agencies in the greater Sacramento area.