About Your Water Meter

Your water meter consists of two main sections: The measuring chamber and the register head.

A third part of the metering system is the reader, located on the outside of your home or office.

The meter measures and registers the flow that passes through the measuring chamber. The meter's accuracy when it leaves the factory is within 0.1%. It cannot be off more than one unit in 1,000 units. Most meters are without error when installed new. As meters are in service over an extended time, wear causes them to lose accuracy. This always works in favor of the customer. Periodically, the City tests the meters and replaces those outside the permissible limits set by the American Water Works Association.

The reading on the dial of the meter is transmitted electronically to the outside reader or remote reader and is read quarterly by one of the Utilities Department employees. Broken or pinched wires will prevent a reading from being taken. In those cases, usage would have to be estimated.

The cost of a water meter is $238.95. This fee must be paid at the time water taps are paid.