To determine your water usage for one month, locate the meter in your yard. Make a note of the odometer-type numbers, reading them from left to right. About one month later, take another reading. Then calculate the total by subtracting the previous reading from the current reading.
06947400 (May reading in gallons)
06936300 (April reading in gallons)
11,100 gallons used
The Customer Service Division bills water usage in increments of 1,000 gallons, always rounding down to the nearest thousand (never up). Since the actual reading was 11,100 gallons, the customer would only be billed for 11,000 gallons. The remaining 100 gallon will be billed the next billing cycle. Meter readers only record the black numbers on the white wheels. They do not record the white numbers on the black wheels which represent 100s, 10s and the sweep hand for single gallons.
Your water meter can also be used as a leak detection device. It can tell you if there is a leak and how serious it is. It can also tell you how much water various appliances are using. To see if you have any leaks, turn off all the water in your home and check your water meter. If the leak detector (small red triangle or diamond) is not moving, you do not have a serious leak. To check for very slow leaks, note the position of the sweep hand and record the numbers above. Read the meter again after 15-20 minutes. If it has not moved, you have no leaks. If it has moved, it's time to search for leaks. It is the property owner's responsibility to correct leaks as soon as possible. Use your water meter to check how much water your sprinklers, toilets, showers, and washing machines use.
**If you have a radio meter call customer service for further instruction. More...