How to Read Your Water Meter

Jul 01, 2020

Want to know an easy way to save water and on your bill at the same time? Reading your meter is a useful way to educate yourself on the amount of water your household uses. Making yourself familiar with your usage tendencies can not only help you lower your monthly bill but can also assist in managing your conservation efforts. For example, to know how much water you use while irrigating your landscaping, you can read your meter before you begin and when you have finished. With this knowledge you can choose the most efficient way to adjust your watering habits.

To get started reading your own meter, you will need to locate it. Typically, your meter will be found outside, near the edge of where your property meets with the road. Meters are housed in “meter pits” in the ground and can be identified by a cover that says “Water Meter” on the top.

Once you have located your meter there will be a lid that will need to be opened to take a reading. The face of your meter is referred to as the register, it will have a numeric counter as well as other hands or dials to record water usage or flow rates. Your meter may have one or more stationary zeros to the right of the numeric counter. One stationary zero means that your meter reads in 10-gallon increments. The sweep hand dial reads water usage in 1-gallon increments, while the flow indicator records in fractional increments. If your meter is digital, it will not contain dials like the ones on an analog meter. On a digital meter there will be an icon or separate indicator that measures flow rates.

Although meters vary in make and model their basic functions are the same. Great Basin Water Co. is always available to help you understand your meter and usage. If you are interested in having a GBWC technician show you where to find your meter or how to read it please contact our Customer Contact Center at (844) 694-4404, and someone can meet you at your property and safely walk you through the process.

Please note when GBWC technicians read your meter, they may be seen opening the meter pit to take a manual reading and then entering the results into a handheld meter reading unit. Otherwise, you have an Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) meter. With these meters, technicians can gather readings from a signal emitted by the meters every few seconds. This signal is picked up by the system and recorded as the technician drives by. AMR meters allow GBWC to more closely monitor usage. GBWC is in the process of changing all meters in the Spring Creek service territory to AMR meters. If you are curious if you have and AMR or an analog, please call our customer contact center and they will be able to tell you.

To learn more about reading your meter, please view the video linked here: