Can I downsize my water meter?

Larger meters are often installed to accommodate home fire sprinklers, irrigation systems, and homes with more water fixtures. The size of the meter installed is determined by the builder or engineer who designed the home, not by the City. The meter size installed is determined to be the size necessary for the volume and pressure necessary to accommodate the property’s water fixtures, however, downsizing a meter is an option.

However, if a 1 1/2-inch or 2-inch meter is currently installed, the City’s Utility Operations Department recommends downsizing to no smaller than a 1-inch meter. A noticeable difference in volume and pressure may be experienced if the irrigation system and other water fixtures are running at the same time.

Contact a Plumber & Obtain a Permit

It would be necessary to enlist a plumber to change the meter. The plumber would assess the situation and inform you of the impact of downsizing your meter based on your particular home and if any adjustments to piping would be necessary. The plumber would need to obtain a permit from Building Inspections prior to exchanging the meter and then request an inspection after the meter is installed. A new meter can be purchased from Building Inspections. 

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1. What will the rate be for each unit in each rate block/tier?
2. Will my water bill increase under the increasing block rate structure?
3. If I use 16,000 gallons, do I pay the second block rate on all 16,000 gallons or just the 1,000-gallon overage?
4. Why is there a need to conserve?
5. Is the City doing away with the minimum water charge?
6. Will the rate structure change result in additional revenue for the City?
7. Doesn’t the City’s current seasonal rate structure encourage conservation? Why are we moving to an increasing block rate structure?
8. What is an irrigation meter? How does the City know how much water I use for irrigation?
9. How do I get a separate water meter for my outdoor irrigation system? How much does it cost?
10. Why doesn't the City use non-potable water for irrigation?
11. How are water and sewer rates determined?
12. Why can the City implement an increasing block rate structure but not winter averaging?
13. Is the base rate for water determined by the size of my meter?
14. Why am I paying more for a larger water meter?
15. Can I downsize my water meter?