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.
Benefits of Measuring Water UseMeasuring water use benefits the public in many ways, such as:
Laws and rules governing measuring water
Revised Code of Washington (RCW):
Washington Administrative Code (WAC):
More information - Laws and Rules
REPORT WATER USE ONLINE
REMINDER, most water use data is required to be reported to Ecology every year by January 31st.
Quick Reference Guide - Reporting your water use online
Upper Kittitas Ground Water Rule - Chapter 173-539A WAC
Yakima River Basin - Metering and Reporting
Dungeness Watershed - Water Metering Specifications
Office of Columbia River - Metering Program
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