How to Read a Water Meter

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What does my water meter look like?                                                                    

A water meter gauge looks similar to the one shown here.                         Water meter
Lift the hinged meter. The lid on the face of the gauge is not showing.

What do the dials mean? 

The long hand measures water consumption and shows larger water flows.

The triangular hand shows smaller water flows. If the long hand is moving at all (and you have made sure no water is being used in or out of the house for things like toilets, ice makers, dishwashers, washing machines and sprinklers), you probably have a large leak. If the triangular hand is moving at all, there may be a small flow water leak.

What am I billed for?

Find the 7 digits on the meter, which together look like a car odometer. The first digits on the white background measure water consumption by 1,000 gallons. This is what is read each month for billing.

The meter reading is rounded down to the closest 1,000 gallons each month. The black background digits on the right side show the 1-gallon, 10-gallon and 100-gallon amounts and carry over to the following month's reading for billing.