How to Read Your Water Meter
There are several reasons why you'd want to be able to locate and read your water meter. First, you might be interested in just how much water you use in a day. By reading your meter at the beginning and the end of the day you can compare the two totals tell how much water you and your family used. The second reason is to check for leaks. If you turn off all the taps in your house, look at your meter and it is still turning, chances are you have a leak somewhere. Here are some hints to help you find and read your water meter:

STEP 1: Locate Your Meter
Your water meter is generally located near the curb in front of your home or place of business in a direct line with the main outside faucet. It is housed in a concrete box usually marked "water." Carefully remove the lid by using a tool such as a large screwdriver. Please, do not use your fingers. Insert the tool into one of the holes and pry the lid off. Visually examine the area around the meter to make sure there are no harmful insects or other animals.

STEP 2: Read Your Water Meter
CVWD meters resemble an odometer in a car. Read all digits except the last two. The sweep hand is the one foot indicator. The meter shown here reads 4216.

To check for invisible or slow leaks
Turn off all water taps inside and outside your home. Record the meter reading and return in two to three hours to check for movement. If the meter reading has changed, you may have a leak. Many meters have a small red triangle on the meter face, designed to detect even small leaks. If this red triangle is moving when you have all water off inside and outside your home, you may have a leak.

To track your daily usage
Read and record the meter reading on at least two consecutive days. By subtracting the previous day's reading from the current reading, you will find out how many cubic feet of water you used in a specific period of time. By multiplying the number of cubic feet by 7.48 you will determine how many gallons of water were used. Download the printer friendly instructions and worksheet.

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