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The importance of metering new water uses in the Dungeness watershed
The proposed Dungeness rule would require all new uses be metered. This
is an important water management tool.
- Metering allows for periodic analysis of water use data. This, in
turn, provides a basis to verify assumptions about water use and mitigation
built into the proposed Water Exchange program. Better estimates for
mitigation requirements help bring about a more cost-effective mitigation
program, which translates to a lower mitigation price tag for new water
- Knowing that water use is (or could be) monitored would result in fairer
behavior among program participants. It also provides a way for the
mitigation program to respond to any instances of unfair behavior by its
How metering could be useful for a property owner:
- Metering allows new water users to defend against potential claims by
other parties that their use is not mitigated (offset). A new water
user has the ultimate responsibility to refute any allegation of excessive
(unmitigated or unauthorized) use. Measuring your water withdrawal
provides data to support your position, rather than facing allegations
without facts. Thus, a meter can resolve an argument before it begins.
Arguments are stressful, cost time and money, and can permanently degrade
- Water systems degrade and fail, and people can make mistakes.
Measuring can provide early feedback that indicates a problem. This
means you may be able to catch a problem (such as a leak) early, before you
are left without water.
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