Residential Water Submetering

Residential Water Submetering Requirements

Utility submetering is a system that allows a multi-family or multi-unit property to measure individual unit utility usage. Senate Bill No. 7 requires that individual meters or submeters be installed on all new multi-family residential units. PWP provides submetering requirements per the Water Regulations adopted by City Council in 2012.

To read the Residential Water Submetering Requirements, click here

The following submetering options are available for PWP customers:

Option 1

Individual metering location on the parkway. The PWP Water Division will install individual water meters on the parkways in front of the project site, if permitted by available space as per the General Requirements, for each residential unit. PWP's responsibility of service ends at the meter and PWP will bill each tenant directly.

Option 2

Individual metering located on private property. The PWP Water Division will install a service lateral up to the property line with a shut off valve. The owner/developer will install all piping behind the property line and will install all water meters, provided by PWP, to each residential unit. Water meters must be installed outside or in a garage/parking area in order for meter readers to have unrestricted access to them if needed. PWP will inspect the individual meters as a condition of providing service. PWP's responsibility of service ends at the property line and PWP will bill each tenant directly.

Option 3

Submetering by third party vendor located on private property. The PWP Water Division will install master water meter(s) on the parkway in front of the project site. The owner/developer must submit a statement on letterhead stating that a Contractor licensed by the California State License Board will install submeters, per Senate Bill No. 7, to all residential units. PWP will inspect the submeters as a condition of providing service. PWP's responsibility of service ends at the master meter and the owner/developer is responsible for billing each tenant per Senate Bill No. 7.