Secondary Meter Grants

Eligible entities may apply for grant funds made available by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to the Utah Board of Water Resources, for the acquisition and installation of secondary water meters on existing, unmetered pressurized systems.

Entities eligible for funding include secondary water suppliers, as defined in House Bill (H.B.) 242. You may review the rules governing the distribution and use of these funds in depth by viewing or downloading H.B. 242. Or, see below for a one-page summary.

The requirements of HB242, and the corresponding grant funds, are only applicable to secondary water suppliers, NOT residential consumers.

The application period will be open from June 15th to July 30th
If you have questions or need further information, please email: secondarymetergrants@utah.gov

Summary Info

FAQ

A: Water Resources staff will not review any applications until after the May 15, 2022 deadline. Then there will be a process to evaluate each application and conduct any investigation meetings needed.

Reports will be prepared and the Board of Water Resources (Board) will consider the first round of applications at their August 4, 2022 meeting. After awards are made, contracts will be prepared, and funds should be available beginning in September of 2022.

A: Grants awarded in 2022 and 2023 will be 70% of the applicant’s project costs (project total minus non-ARPA grants), as long as funds are available. Secondary water suppliers with 7,000 connections or less may receive up to $5,000,000. Suppliers with more than 7,000 connections may receive up to $10,000,000.

A: Once there is a grant contract in place (between the Board and applicant), grant funds will be provided upon receipt of any bills and/or invoices. Funds will not be provided before the project begins, but the applicant will also not have to wait until it’s completed.

Grant funds will be available as expenses are incurred and reimbursement requests are submitted. For instance, if the applicant receives a bill for $10,000 to purchase meters, and has a 70% grant from the Board, applicant will receive a check in the amount of $7,000 and will be responsible to pay the bill in full.

A: Yes, we expect to have additional application periods in the future (the next one is expected to be June 1 - July 15, 2022). As long as there are still ARPA funds available for secondary meters, we will post the additional application periods to our website.

A: No, WaterSMART grants or other grants that have been provided specifically for your secondary meter project cannot be used to account for your 30%. However, you can still request grant funds for your project.

The Board can provide 70% of any non-grant* portion of your project costs. (*If you have your own ARPA funds that your city or district has provided for use in this project, those funds can be considered as part/all of your 30% share and will not reduce the grant amount provided by the Board.)

A: That depends on the timing of your project, and there are a couple options provided for in HB242.

If your project was constructed on or after March 3, 2021, it is considered a current project to satisfy the requirements of HB242 and you are eligible for grant funds. Please complete and submit an application.

If your project was constructed before March 3, 2021, and you are not requesting grant funds for a current project, you may be able to receive up to $2,000,000.

However, the Board must adopt rules for these grant funds (and that will be done after considering current grant applications). Those funds requested must be used for the purpose of another water conservation project.

A: We do not recommend any particular meter(s). See the "Secondary Meter Provider" tab for a list of known meter providers/manufacturers.

Please note that if you are receiving grant funds, the meters you install must allow for data communication between the meter and other devices designed to manage the use of secondary water. This will allow the supplier to provide the necessary education to its users as stated in HB242.

If you have further questions, please email: secondarymetergrants@utah.gov

Secondary Meter Providers

The below list is for informational purposes only. The Utah Division of Water Resources does not endorse or make any guarantees on behalf of any specific provider. If you are a provider who has not yet been listed below, please send your information to secondarymetergrants@utah.gov to be included.

Badger Meter
4545 West Brown Deer Road
P.O. Box 245036
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53224
800-616-3837
www.badgermeter.com

Metron Farnier
5665 Airport Blvd.
Boulder, CO 80301
303-449-8833
www.metronfarnier.com

Hydro Specialties
14435 South Center Point Way
Bluffdale, Utah 84065
801-562-9130
www.hydrospecialties.com

Neptune
1600 Alabama Highway 229
Tallassee, AL 36078
800-633-8754
www.neptunetg.com

Meter Works
1199 West 850 North
Centerville, UT 84014
801-292-7900

Sensus
637 Davis Drive
Morrisville, NC 27560
919-845-4000
www.sensus.com

Other Grants or Rebates

If you are not a secondary provider, and therefore do not qualify for the secondary meter grant, you may find the below information regarding residential programs helpful. If there are additional programs you are aware of that we have not yet included, please send information to waterwise@utah.gov.

  • Smart Controller: Receive up to $75 for the purchase and installation of a WaterSense labeled smart controller. Smart controllers are estimated to save an average home 15,000 gallons of water each year.

  • Toilet: Homes built before 1994 and with toilets that use more than 1.6 gallons per flush are eligible for up to two toilet rebates when replacing old toilets with WaterSense labeled ones. Replacing old toilets with WaterSense labeled ones is estimated to save almost 13,000 gallons of water each year.

  • Flip Your Strip: Available in some parts of Utah for the removal of grass in a park strip. Additional rebates may also become available later this year.

  • Localscapes Rewards: Available in some parts of Utah for installing or renovating a landscape with Localscapes principals.

  • Transparent Water Billing Grant (for water providers): The Utah Division of Water Resources is currently accepting applications for three-year pilot projects through our new Transparent Water Billing Grant Program.