How To Read Your Water Meter

How To Read Your Water Meter

The water meter inside your home is most likely to be in your basement, the crawlspace, or utility closet (if your house is on a slab.) Reading your water meter is similar to reading the odometer on your car. Read all the numbers from left to right. The reading on your water meter today is the total volume of water that has gone through the meter since it was installed. Your usage for each billing cycle is derived by subtracting the previous reading from the current reading.

The following is an example of what your meter face looks like (Sensus or iPerl). Northville Township bills per 1,000 gallons (unit) and that is how your meter is read. The last two dials represent the hundreds. When we read your meter, we read the first four numbers on the meter, reading from left to right. The example shown here reads at 0335. If the next reading taken were to be 0352; then we would know that 17,000 gallons of water had been consumed.

SensusWater meter detailSENSUS

Above the black triangle in the center is the leak detector (low flow indicator).The clock-like dial on the right indicates water flow in one gallon increments. One full revolution is equal to ten gallons of water.

iPERLiPerl picLow flow indicatorSensus

Leak indicators

iPerl A plus sign (+) within the circle below the read indicates water is being used. If you see the plus sign and you are not using water it may indicate a leak in your plumbing system.

Sensus

The black triangle in the center is the leak detector (low flow indicator). If the black triangle is spinning and you are not using water, in can indicate a leak in your plumbing system. It spins when water is being used.