Reading Your Meter
How to Read Your Water Meter
We encourage our members to read their water meters regularly. Your water meter is read monthly, and your consumption is determined by subtracting the previous month’s reading from the current month’s reading. Water meters are highly accurate and dependable for water consumption evaluation.
Our meter reading Cycle is from the 15th of a month to the 15th of the following month, that usage is billed and mailed to you around the first of the following month.
The bill you receive on the 1st of January is for the usage from the 15th of November to the 15th of December
Most residential water meters have six moving digits, a fixed zero and sweeping hand. The sweeping hand measures water usage from one to ten gallons and it represents the actual value of the fixed zero from zero to ten. Looking at your meter register from left to right, if the first five digits are zero and the sixth digit its the number 1, the reading is 10 gallons. However, it can be 10 through19 gallons depending where the sweeping hand is on the dial.
The meter operates like the odometer in your car. As an example, lets us say that your meter currently displays the numbers 0385940. The numbers 038594 are the moving digits registering the cumulative flow of the water. The last number is a permanent zero a multiple of ten. The water bill would show a current reading of 385940.
Subtract the previous reading from the new reading and you will know how many gallons of water you have used.
If the previous reading in NOVEMBER was 0385940
If the current reading in DECEMBER was 0387120 the bill mailed in January would indicate a usage of 1,180 gals.
Last Modified: October 10, 2016