Each newly constructed multiunit residential structure or newly constructed mixed-use residential and commercial structure for which an application for a water connection, or more than one connection, is submitted to the Authority, shall measure the quantity of water supplied to each individual residential dwelling unit. California State Senate Bill SB-7 states such measurements are a condition of new water service. The measurement may be by individual water meters or submeters. The owner of the structure shall install individual meters or submeters that comply with all laws and regulations governing the approval of meter types or the installation, maintenance, reading, billing, and testing of meters, including, but not limited to, the California Plumbing Code and California Water Code.
Jurisdictional plan review provides the Authority the ability to:
- Verify sub-metering is provided
- Verify if the new or existing water meter are adequate for the proposed project (e.g. multiple units, landscape, fire protection, etc.)
- Review design of proposed facilities to ensure conformance to Sweetwater Authority’s Design and Construction Standards
- Ensure compliance with State and Sweetwater Authority Cross-connection requirements (backflow, greywater systems, pumps, etc.).
- Ensure compliance with State and Sweetwater Authority required water facility clearances
- Verify the water meter and fire protection system requirements associated with internal fire protection
- Ensure requested water facilities and required capacity can be provided from an existing Sweetwater Authority water main(s)
- Verify water service is available to the site
- Calculate capacity fees/charges for both Sweetwater Authority and the San Diego County Water Authority
- Categorize the type of water service, it provisions for activation/deactivation, and the applicable metering rate
- Use for cost estimate of proposed water facilities
- Verify and update the water service account to reflect any additional dwelling units to the site, e.g. change from Residential to Multi-Unit number of units 1 to 2, etc.
Also see question #3 below.