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How to Read Your Water Meter

2023-10-17

Reading a water meter can vary slightly depending on the type of water meter you have. The most common types are analog (mechanical) water meters and digital (smart) water meters. Here's how you can read both types:

1. Analog (Mechanical) Water Meter:

   - Locate the water meter: Water meters are usually installed in a concrete box in the ground near the property line or inside the house near the main water supply line.

   - Open the meter box cover: Use a tool or a key to open the meter box cover and reveal the water meter.

   - Read the dials: Analog water meters have a series of dials with numbers and pointers. Each dial represents a different unit (gallons or cubic feet) of water. Some dials move clockwise, while others move counterclockwise. Start reading from the lowest value of each dial and proceed to the highest. If the pointer is directly on a number, write down that number. If the pointer is between two numbers, write down the lower number.

   - Write down the reading: After reading all the dials, note down the numbers in order to obtain the total water consumption.

2. Digital (Smart) Water Meter:

   - Locate the water meter: Smart water meters are usually installed in the same locations as analog meters.

   - Check the display: Digital water meters have a digital display showing the water consumption. The display may cycle through various screens, but one of them will show the current usage in gallons or cubic feet.

   - Write down the reading: Simply note down the displayed water consumption to get the current reading.

Important Tips:

- Some water meters may have a leak indicator, which is typically a small triangular or star-shaped dial. If this dial is moving when no water is being used in your home, you may have a water leak that needs attention.

- It's a good idea to read your water meter regularly to monitor your water usage and detect any sudden spikes or irregularities that could indicate leaks or other issues.

- Keep in mind that water meters measure total consumption, so if you want to track specific usage (e.g., for irrigation or washing the car), you'll need to take readings before and after the activity.

If you have any concerns about your water meter readings or need help interpreting them, don't hesitate to contact your water utility company for assistance.

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