Water Meter for Each Apartment OKd

In an effort to promote water conservation, the Santa Monica City Council approved an ordinance requiring all new apartment units to have individual water meters--which will mean individual water bills.

"The object of this measure is to create individual accountability," said Mayor Dennis Zane.

The individual meters will add about $800 per unit to the cost of building an average apartment structure, officials estimate. Affordable-housing developments will be exempt from the ordinance.

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