The Yakima County Superior Court has ordered, consistent with RCW 90.03.360, all water right owners with confirmed water rights in the Yakima River Basin to install an approved metering or measuring device at each confirmed surface water diversion point below 2,000 feet elevation by April 1, 2006. Those with confirmed rights with diversion points above 2,000 feet elevation shall have an approved metering or measuring device installed by April 1, 2007.
Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 173-173 lays out the requirements for meter installations. The person who is in charge of measuring the diversion (the responsible party) is responsible for ensuring an approved measuring device is installed or constructed in accordance with the manufacturer’s and/or designer’s specifications. This applies to both pressurized systems and open channel flows.
If you are unsure of the manufacturer’s specifications, you may consider hiring a professional vendor within your service area to install your meter.
Examples of professional services that may sell or perform meter installations include (but are not limited to):
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Hydromet System - a network of automated hydrologic and meteorological monitoring stations located throughout the Pacific Northwest that can be useful for water management.
Water Resources Grant Programs - The 2005 Legislature earmarked approximately $4.2 million in grant funding to pay for water-storage planning projects, water-conveyance projects designed to support watershed planning efforts, and small grants to local watershed planning groups that have completed their watershed plans.
All correspondence for Yakima River Basin Metering and Reporting should be directed to:
Water Resources- CRO
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