STEP 1 Locate your meter box, generally found towards the front of a property. It is housed in a black plastic or concrete box. 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 hundred 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 you are unsure if you have a leak, make sure all the water is turned off inside and outside of the residence. Return to the meter and check the triangle located on the center of the face of the meter. If the triangle is moving, even slightly, then water is flowing through the meter and it indicates that you either have a leak, dripping faucet, or a running toilet.
If your reading is significantly lower than the reading on your bill, please contact us and let us assist you in determining the problem.