Reading Your Water Meter

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meterreaderConserving water often starts with monitoring water usage. By reading your own meter, you can check for leaks at your house and better supervise your conservation efforts. Here are some simple steps:
  1. Locate your water meter. It should be in the ground somewhere on your property (usually close to the street). The lid will be an oval or rectangular piece of metal or hard industrial plastic that may say "water meter" on the top.
  2. Remove the lid. Most covers have a pentagon-shaped screw or nut holding them on. It can be removed using a wrench. If your meter lid does not have the nut or screw, simply pry off the cover using a crowbar or a similar device.
  3. Find the gauge. Once the lid is off, locate the gauge that looks like this illustration. Notice the needle that spins around. Each time the needle completes one revolution, roughly 7.5 gallons have passed through the meter. 
  4. Watch the triangle. The triangle on the dial is a leak detector. To check for leaks, turn off all appliances that use water (such as washing machines, faucets, dishwashers, even the icemaker). If the triangle spins consistently clockwise after you have made sure no water is in use inside your house, then you have a leak.

Note: Please be sure to replace the lid securely when you are finished!

To check for leaks:

  1. Use the ear test, eye test, and dye tests to spot leaks in your toilet and faucets. These can sometimes be fixed by a do-it-yourselfer.
  2. If there are no identifiable leaks in your house, check under your house and along the path from your house to the meter for puddles. If the ground is abnormally wet, you may have a leak.
  3. For additional information about checking for leaks and other tips on how to conserve, call 336-373-CITY (2489).