Fresno receives 60,000 acre-feet of high quality water annually from behind Friant Dam. To comply with the terms of the Central Valley Project (CVP) water contract with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation that supplies this water, the City of Fresno is required to measure (meter) all water deliveries to customers. As a result, Fresno has been mandated to install water meters and bill by a volumetric rate, all of its residential customer accounts by January 1, 2013.
In order to comply with the terms of the contract and state law, the City is currently installing meters in all single-family residences that do not already have meters. The multi-year installation project started in 2008 and will continue through 2013.
Assembly Bill 514 (2003) (pdf)Assembly Bill 2572 (2004) (pdf)News Release (pdf)