Reading Your Meter

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If you understand the language of your water meter, it can tell you a great deal about water usage in your household. For instance, it can indicate if you have a leak.

water meterMost meters are located in a concrete box near the front curb. Resembling a car odometer, they are called "straight read" meters. The digits are read left to right. Please disregard the two black numbers because they measure in units less than 100 cubic feet (you are billed for every 100 cubic feet of water used - 100 cubic feet is equal to 748 gallons). The sweep hand represents water being used. It is also used when checking for leaks. One revolution of the sweep hand equals 7.48 gallons of water.

By reading your water meter, you can determine how much water you have used over a period of time. The illustration shows a meter reading of 146 which is the total number of units of water recorded since the meter was installed. If the meter shows 156 one month later, you used 10 ccf of water during the one-month period. To convert to gallons, simply multiply the number of ccf by 748 gallons to get the number of gallons used.

Example: 10 ccf x 748 gallons = 7,480 gallons

You can also determine how much water is used for a specific task such as watering your lawn. Record the reading on the meter before you begin your watering cycle then record it again at the end of the cycle. The difference between the two readings tells you how much water was used.