Since 1993, the water code requires the measurement of all new surface water rights and all existing water rights that meet at least one of the following criteria:
Since 2002, Ecology has required measuring devices as a condition in all water right permitting decisions.
In addition, a ruling in a 1999 lawsuit brought on by American Rivers, Center for Environmental Law and Policy (CELP) and other groups requires Ecology to achieve 80% metering compliance in 16 Fish Critical Basins in the state.
Laws and rules governing measuring water
Benefits of Measuring Water Use
Measuring water use benefits the public in many ways, such as:
REPORT WATER USE ONLINE
Quick Reference Guide - Reporting your water use online
Yakima River Basin - Metering and Reporting
Dungeness Watershed - Water Metering Specifications
Office of Columbia River - Metering Program
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