Reading Your Water Meter & Checking For Water Leaks

 

It’s helpful to know how to read your water meter, not only to verify the monthly reading on your water bill but also to detect water leaks.

Reading Your Water Meter.  

Water meters are usually located between the sidewalk and curb under a cement cover. Remove the cover by inserting a screwdriver in the hole of the lid and then carefully lift the cover. The meter reads straight across, like the odometer on your car. Read only the white numbers. You can refer to the below diagram for details about reading the water meter register.

How can you tell if you have a leak inside your house?

Your water meter can help you determine whether your water-using fixtures or inside plumbing have inconspicuous leaks.  It’s the best place to begin your search.

  • Your water meter can help you determine whether your water-using fixtures or inside plumbing have inconspicuous leaks.  It’s the best place to begin your search.
  • Turn off all faucets and water-consuming appliances, including evaporative coolers and icemakers in refrigerators.
  • Check the meter register for any movement of the numbers or the Low-Flow Indicator and note the time.
  • Check the meter register again after 15-30 minutes.  Any movement indicates a leak.
     

How can you tell if you have a leak outside your house? 
Turn off your house valve (all indoor and outdoor water).  Check the meter register for any movement as described above. Any movement indicates a leak between the water meter and your home.

If you suspect you have a leak, be sure to contact a plumber.  And if you don’t, remember to check for leaks periodically.