READING YOUR METER
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.