Where is my water meter?
A typical residential or commercial water meter is located near the curb or sidewalk in a concrete “box” of about 15 inches by 20 inches.
It may be in the lawn or planter area.
Use a screwdriver or other small tool to lift the lid of the “box” and access your water meter.
What does a water meter look like?
There are a few different models of water meters, but in general they will look like the photos below.
This meter is our new Automated Meter Reading Meter (AMR).
The meter, above, is a picture of the current meter, which are slowly being replaced with the AMR Meter.
How to check for leaks
In the center part of the meter display is a colored triangle or asterisk. This triangle or asterisk is sensitive to water flowing through the meter and can be used to detect leaks.
Step 1: Turn off all water-using fixtures (clothes washer, irrigation system, etc.) and make sure that no one is using water inside or outside of the house.
Step 2: Locate the leak detector triangle or asterisk on your meter display.
Step 3: Watch your leak detector triangle or asterisk for five minutes to see if it turns. When water is running through the meter the leak detector triangle or asterisk will turn. If no water is being used but the leak detector is turning, you have a leak.
What to do if there is a leak
If you identify a leak using the three steps above, you will want to determine where your leak is located. Start by turning off the water valve to your house (typically located near a hose bib) and repeating the three leak detection steps above. If your house water valve is off and you still have a leak, then the leak is located between the house and the meter. If your house valve is off and the leak detector does not move then the leak is inside your house (i.e., your toilet or other fixture) or your irrigation system.
Check these elements by yourself or contact us for assistance.