The City Council has awarded the California Water Service a five-year contract to read the city's 13,000 water meters, effective July 1.
The city has previously handled the service with an in-house meter reader, but City Manager Geoff Dolan said contracting out will cost less. The contract will cost $410,000, which will save the city $94,500 annually.
"In contracting out, we're able to save the ratepayers some money while providing them with a higher level of service," Dolan said.
The service will read the meters on a bimonthly basis and report problems to the city. The water service is also hiring the city employee who is now responsible for reading the meters.