How to Read Your Water Meter

STEP 1

Locate your meter box, generally found towards the front of a property, near the street. The box is typically in a direct line with the main outside faucet. It is housed in a concrete box usually marked "water". Remove the lid by using a tool such as a large screwdriver. Insert the tool into one of the holes and pry the lid off.

STEP 2

Once you open the meter box lid, lift the protective cap on the meter. On the face of the meter, there is a large dial and a display of numbers. For the residential meter, each rotation of the dial measures 10 gallons. Read the number display from left to right. Be sure to include the stationary zero. This is your meter reading. Meters measure water in gallons. Charges for the amount of water consumed are rounded to the nearest thousand gallons used during a billing period. Compare that reading to what your bill states as your current or present reading.

STEP 3

Keep in mind that you might be checking your meter on a date different from the one used for billing. This could result in a difference in the amount you find, compared with the amount on which your bill is based. However, if your reading is considerably higher than what is on your bill, check for a leak or try to determine the source of large water use. If your reading is significantly lower than the reading on your bill, please contact us and let us assist you in determining the problem.

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One of The Easiest Ways to Detect Leaks Is To Observe Your Water Meter


• Turn off all faucets and water-using appliances, such as the ice maker, dishwasher and clothes washer.
• Locate your water meter and lift the cover to see the meter dial.
• If the needle, and or the leak indicator is moving, you obviously have a leak.
• If the needle appears to be still, record the meter reading or mark the needle position with a piece of tape.
• Keep the water off. Wait at least 30 minutes. (Make sure nobody turns on a water-using appliance).
• Reread the meter gauge or check the needle location again. If the needle has moved, you could possibly have a leak somewhere in your system.

Determine If Your Leak Is inside Or Outside Your House

• Shut off the main water valve to the inside of your house.
• Return to the water meter and lift the cover to see the meter dial.
• If the needle appears to be still, record the meter reading or mark the needle position with a piece of tape.
• Keep the water off. Wait at least 30 minutes. (Make sure nobody turns on a water-using appliance).
• If the needle has moved and the water is shut off to the house, you have a leak somewhere outside of the house.
• If the meter has not moved and the water to the house is shut off, your leak is somewhere inside the house.

In the event you cannot locate the leak, you should call a professional plumber to find and fix it.

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For More Information:
Great Basin Water Co.
1240 E. State Street, Suite 115
Pahrump, NV 89048
844-694-4404
Email: BeWaterSmart@greatbasinwaterco.com