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
Most water use data is required to be reported to Ecology every year by January 31st.
Design changes that improve the look and feel and ease of use for online reporting.
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
Quilcene-Snow Watershed - Water Metering Specifications
Office of Columbia River - Metering Program
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