The Sacramento City Council is expected to decide Tuesday if the City should spend $18.5 million for new water meters.
The money would be used to install 4,100 new meters and almost 33,000 feet of water lines.
Bill Busath is Director of the Department of Utilities. He says this is phase one of a $230 million project.
"The goal of the program and the objective is to get all of the city's water meters installed by 2020," says Busath.
The City says $12 million would go to Granite Construction for pipeline and meters in the Elmhurst, Oak Park, and Colonial Heights areas. More than $6 million would go to Marques Pipelines for a project.
Both companies qualified to submit bids through a new process. Companies were identified by the city that had a history of projects that had been completed on time, with high quality, and a low price.
The companies must also satisfy a requirement that 20 percent of the workers on the project be city residents.
The State of California will require all homes in the city to have meters by 2025.