RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The water authority said Wednesday that it was installing meters to cut down on operating costs, after an agreement with the ministry of local government.

The head of the authority’s tariff unit, Kamal Issa, said the ministry agreed to install meters to avoid escalating a water crisis in the West Bank, where it is in short supply in the summer.

The Palestinian Authority cabinet issued a resolution in support of the initiative and said the government would contribute to the cost, supplying some 50 percent of funds needed to institute the plans.

The municipality will be able to exclude families with limited incomes from paying taxes to install the system, Issa said.