Meter Reading

STEP 1  How to locate your meter box- Your meter box is typically in a direct line with the main outside faucet approximately 15-20 feet from the road and  housed in a black plastic box with a blue lid marked "Water Meter". 

STEP 2   Once you open the meter box lid, lift the protective cap on the meter. On the face of the meter 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. Compare that reading to what your bill states as your current 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 leaks or try to determine the source of large water usage. In order to check for a leak you will need to make sure you have everything turned off on the inside and outside of the house. Look at the dial inside the red circle (at the center) and see if it's turning. If it is still turning you have a leak on your side of the meter.. The dial should not turn when all water is turned off. 

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