ROTTERDAM, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The Rotterdam Town Board is asking state lawmakers to pass a law that would exempt the town from a state regulation requiring the installation of water meters at individual homes. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation passed a regulation in 2013 that requires all customers in the state have water meters as part of water conservation efforts.

NEWS10 previously reported that when Rotterdam renewed its water permit in 2017, it came with the condition that all customers had to be metered. A DEC representative said in a statement that the metering regulation passed in April 2013. For the last nine years, the state has slowly been phasing towns and cities in.

Rotterdam officials said they hope to offer an alternative way to conserve water, but it’s unclear if the state will accept one.