The Santa Fe Irrigation District will start replacing 7,300 water meters with automated devices that will send usage data to the SFID on an hourly basis for Rancho Santa Fe and Solana Beach customers. This five-year plan is expected to cost $5.5 million.
The RSF Review reports:
“Once the system is up and running, customers will be able to monitor their water usage, detect unusual spikes that could mean a leak, and also use the information to help them conserve water, said district officials.
‘The biggest value (of the new system) is in helping customers manage their water use,’ said Bill Hunter, the district’s engineering manager. ‘This is a primary tool to facilitate water conservation.’
Water conservation will continue to be an issue in the future, as California deals with its fifth year of drought, as well as other challenges to its primary water supplies.
Santa Fe officials have stressed the need to continue conservation efforts, even though the district this month ended mandatory water-use restrictions that had been in place since last year.”
Read the full article from the RSF Review.