STEP 1 Locate your meter box, generally found towards the front of a property, near the street. The box is typically in a direct line with the main outside faucet. It is housed in a plastic box with a metal lid usually marked "water". Remove the lid by using a tool such as a large screwdriver. Insert the tool into one of the holes and pry the lid off. Be carefull as not to damage the radio unit on top of the box lid.
STEP 2 Once you open the meter box lid, lift the protective cap on the meter. On the face of the meter, there is a digital display of numbers. For the residential meter, each rotation of the dial measures 10 gallons. Read the number display from left to right. This is your meter reading. Meters measure water in gallons. Charges for the amount of water consumed are rounded to the nearest thousand gallons used during a billing period. Compare that reading to what your bill states as your current or present 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 a leak or try to determine the source of large water use. If your reading is significantly lower than the reading on your bill, please contact us and let us assist you in determining the problem.
STEP 4 Checking for leaks. After opening meter box, lift and close the protective cap on the meter three times. The display should show FL 0.00 if there is no flow. If the display shows numerics, then that is the amount of water passing thruough the meter at that time.