It’s to ensure the meter charge is fairly collected, with each parcel owner responsible for his or her meter to meet the State mandate. The lien will be removed once the balance is paid in full. There is no additional charge to the property owner for the liens. Without the lien, the City can not enforce payment if a property owner decides to put the financial burden of the program on other utility customers. California Government Code Section 54354 gives water agencies such as the City the ability to use liens to ensure payment for construction related to specific properties.