Why 255K Calif. homes, businesses can use more water without facing higher bills

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - While officials are calling for conservation in the face of an ongoing drought,

The San Jose Mercury News says that means more than more than 255,000 homeowners and businesses statewide can still use all the water they want without seeing higher bills.

People without meters are charged a flat monthly rate for water - usually between $20 and $35 a month. The newspaper cites state records that show those communities, including areas of Bakersfield and Sacramento, use 39 percent more water per capita than the average.

Most California residents have had water meters since the early decades of the last century. Under a law signed by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, providers are required to install meters on all connections by 2025.


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