The water meter is used for checking how much water is consumed within a property. It is just like the electricity and gas meter that shows how much electricity and gas has been used on any property. Reading the water meter is simple and just as reading the electricity or gas meter.
- Find your Meter
The first step is finding the meter. Most residents have the water meter either a sidewalk or near the curb. So, check that portion of the house to locate it. Usually, the water meter remains covered by a lid and to read the meter first you have to open the lid. While opening the cover, be little careful as reptiles and other insects make their home in the vacant place.
- Understand your Meter
There are two types of water meter available in the market analog and digital. The meters have two different types of measurement, cubic feet, and gallons. Before reading, you have to check whether your water meter is analog or digital. If the water meter is analog, the water consumption reading will be shown by a sweep arm. In digital meter, water consumption reading is shown digitally on the screen.
- Read the Meter in Analog
To read the analog water meter, first, remove the meter cover with the help of a screwdriver and then clean the meter screen. In analog water meter, the red color sweep arms show the gallons/cubic feet water that has been consumed within the property. If the sweep arm is positioned at 1, it means 1-gallon water has been used. 1 full circle in analog means 10-gallon water has been used. For any type of calculation, the measurement of sleep arm should be taken as the final figure.
- Read the Digital Water Meter
The digital meter needs to be activated before reading. It requires light for activation. So, first put a flashlight on it. The screen displays a meter read and water flow rate alternatively. The meter read shows the amount of water used within the property (The measurement could be in cubic feet or gallons) and the flow rate shows the amount of water in unit gallons or cubic feet is flowing through the water meter per minute. If you have the digital meters with the feature of checking the history of water used, you can read that as well.