About Your Water Meter

Your water meter consists of three operating components:One is the metering chamber that water flows through, the second is the meter register or encoder, which is the dial or electronic display on top of the meter, and the third part of the meter is the reader or endpoint.

The meter measures and registers the flow that passes through the metering 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 can cause them to lose accuracy. This most generally works in favor of the customer by recording less water use than is actually going through the meter. 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 radio endpoint and is read quarterly by the Utility Department employees. Broken or pinched wires will prevent a reading from being taken. In those cases, usage would may need to be estimated. If a meter cannot be accurately read, we will leave a yellow door hanging card with a request to call our office for an appointment.

The cost of a 1-inch residential water meter is $300.00. Larger water meters vary in cost depending on size. This fee must be paid at the time water taps are paid.