SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Sacramento officials want to shave four years off a project to install water meters in every home and business in the city.

Utilities will ask the City Council to move the installation deadline to the end of 2020.

City officials had planned to finish installing meters throughout the city by Jan. 1, 2025.

A city staff report says the shorter timeline would save the city more than $65 million.

The newspaper says Sacramento has more unmetered properties than any other city in California.

Meters can encourage conservation by allowing residents to track water consumption. Officials say that’s especially important during the state’s lingering drought.

Meters also force everyone to pay for the water they use instead of flat rates.

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