Your water meter consists of three components: The flow chamber, the encoder (or register) and the endpoint. The meter measures all flow that passes through the flow chamber, and the gallons of water used register on the encoder. That flow is then sent to the meter reading system through the endpoint. That flow measurement is then entered into the utility billing software system, which generates your quarterly water and sewer bill. The sewer portion of this bill is also calculated on the amount of water registered through the meter.
Meter accuracy from the factory is within 0.1%. Over an extended period of time, typically more than 10 years, meters may wear and lose accuracy, typically to the advantage of the customer. The City may test water meters that appear to be wearing, and can rebuild or replace them as necessary.
Separate water meters are allowed for residential lawn sprinkling systems under the following conditions:
- Replumb premise to allow for metering all outside hose bibs and spigots
- Install appropriate back-flow prevention devices
- Notify the Utilities Department of the change and request water meter
- The City will install the irrigation meter in the completed plumbing and establish the “Irrigation Meter” in the utility billing system. The newly installed irrigation meter will include charges for Readiness to Serve and Commodity usage, but not sewer charges.