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Water Meter

Your water meter is a great tool to become a water wise consumer. Learn how to read your water meter and monitor water usage or detect slab leaks in your home.

Spinning water meter when no water is used in the home? Water leak is a possibility. Submit the adjacent form to receive plumbing estimates by local plumbers.


water meter locationIn older constructions the water meter is located in front of the home inside a concrete box. In modern constructions water meters are located in basements, and are usually equipped with remote digital reading devices situated on the outside of buildings. With the water meter, you can also find a curb-stop and a consumer valve. While the municipal water distributor controls the curb-stop you can use the consumer valve to turn on or off water availability to your home.

Water Meter Face

Water MeterOn the face of the water meter you will find a sweep handle, meter register and a leak detector. The meter register is composed of black and white digits that record water passing through the meter. The leak detector is located slightly left to the sweep handle and is a star or triangle shaped device that will spin fast for high water flow or slow for low water flow.

Leak DetectionTest

Your water meter is a great tool to help you detect leaks in and around your home. Provided you take regular readings of your meter, you will be able to identify hidden water leaks fast and conserve gallons of water that will otherwise "go down the drain". Avail of the following steps to read your water meter for leaks:

  1. Read your meter register and record digits displayed.
  2. Wait overnight without using water in your home. This means not flushing toilets, running dishwashers or washing machines, turning on faucets or taking showers.
  3. The following morning read again your water meter. A meter register displaying a different set of digits indicates a leak in or around your home.
  4. Call your local plumber to seal the leak and repair the damaged plumbing fixture before major water related damage occurs in your home.

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