Modesto is postponing its plan to start charging Salida residents a metered water rate instead of a flat charge.
Deputy Public Works Director Allen Lagarbo said the delay would give the city's Finance Department more time to adjust, and it would make sure Salidans begin paying on meters during a month when they use less water.
People typically use the most water during August and September. Their use drops in the winter when they need less for landscaping. "We're not trying to make enemies out there," Lagarbo said.
"We want this to go down as easily as possible." Salida residents were expected to begin paying a metered rate this month. All Modesto water users will pay on meters by 2015, but it isn't clear when specific neighborhoods will make the change.