Reading Your Water Meter

How to Read Your Water Meter

Water meters record the consumption of water so that water and sewer bills can be generated. Meters are only on water lines and not on sewer lines. It is assumed that all the water flowing through the meter will later empty into sewer lines. There is only one type of meter used in the town which records in hundreds of cubic feet. To find out how much water you have used in any given period, subtract the reading listed on your bill from the current meter reading.

One hundred cubic feet equals 750 gallons. If your meter reads "1250" (125,000 cubic feet) today and "1305" (130,500 cubic feet) seven days later, then you have used 5,500 cubic feet of water which equal 41,250 gallons (55 by 750).

Meter Reading

There are 13,000 meters read quarterly. Meter readers are responsible for reading all meters, re-checking readings, and investigating leaks. An electronic handheld meter reading device is used by the meter reader to record the reading of each meter. This device will "beep" if the reading is too high or too low, thus prompting the meter reader to re-check the reading before continuing to the next meter. Once back in the office, data from the handheld device is uploaded into the computer so that bills can be generated. Domestic meters are read & billed quarterly.  Commercial meters are read & billed monthly.

In the case of inclement weather, please assist the meter readers by clearing the area around your outside indicator if a reading is due. Please also assist the meter readers by keeping weeds, brush, poison ivy, and any landscaping clear of the outside indicator.

How to Read Your Water Meter