Water Rate Information

City Code

Water meters and water rates according to the City's Code of Ordinances can be found by clicking here.

Smart Meter Project

In early 2012, the Department of Public Works and Water Resources  determined the need to replace a large number of water meters due to  age. This requirement brought a renewed interest in considering the move towards smart meters. Additional research and auditing occurred and it  was determined that the installation of smart meters for both water and  electric customers citywide could provide increased revenue from water  sales due to improved accuracy, operational cost savings, and a base for a wi-fi mesh throughout the City. Our project does not require  residents and businesses to fund the purchase and implementation of the  smart meters (and all associated equipment and software) as the project  will be implemented through a guaranteed performance contract that  allows the savings generated by the project to pay for its costs over a  period of years.

Newark's Smart Meter Project Fast Facts

  • More efficient water and electric meter reading (water will also be read monthly);
  • Organizational efficiencies;  
  • Reduced operating costs;    
  • Website with up-to-date utility usage information;  
  • Increased opportunities for leak detection - reduced waste;    
  • Outage management improvements - increased reliability;    
  • Positive Public Safety impacts (camera’s and laptops); and   
  • Greater in-field operation capabilities. 


Fire Hydrants and Meters

The department's meters and hydrants program has two functional areas of responsibility:

  • Hydrants are maintained to serve as an emergency water source in the event of a fire.
  • Meters are kept operational to accurately record water consumption for billing purposes.

About 8,700 commercial, residential, and industrial water meters are maintained, repaired, and tested under this program. This department regularly tests and maintains approximately 600 fire hydrants.