Conservation efforts could impact funding for water agencies

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) – A new project in Sacramento County is intended to help residents and the county see how much water they are using.

The project will eventually help residents conserve their water usage, but this is only possible with the money people spend on their water bills.

“When people use less water, that means less revenue for the Sacramento County Water Agency,” said Matt Robinson of the Sacramento County Water Agency. “It ends up hitting our wallets in terms of operations and maintenance. Trying to complete various projects like this.

Arden’s Pipe Renovation Project will install water meters for neighborhood residents and replace old pipes to allow cooler water flow and help with long-term water conservation. The $165 million project is expected to be completed by 2025, with the majority of funds coming from people paying their water bills.

During the previous drought, Sacramento County was forced to delay the project.

“We ended up losing a lot of money because we weren’t able to get any revenue, which caused a project like this to stall,” Robinson said.

However, until there is an abundance of rain, the Sacramento County Water Agency said water supply is still the top priority.

“Conserve first. That’s the main thing,” Robinson said.

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