How to read a water meter
When it comes to water waste, you may be doing it without even knowing it. Running toilets and leaky faucets may seem minor but are actually costing you money and precious water: up to 10,000 gallons a year, per household.
Here are some instructions on how to read your meter, determine if you have a leak, and low cost ways to fix leaks yourself.
How to read a straight-reading meter:
Whatever irrigation equipment you have – manual, sprinkler or drip – be aware that not all leaks are obvious. First check for overly green or soggy spots, where broken spray heads or bubblers or underground pipe cracks will be obvious. Buried pipes, hoses or drip lines leaking into sandy, porous soil may not show up clearly.
Automatic sprinkler and drip systems that generate a hissing sound are likely leaking.
Remember to check drip systems for damage from foot traffic or gnawing pets or pests. Leaky hoses can be repaired with waterproof tape. Dribbling spray nozzle connection? Wrap the hose threads with Teflon tape.
If your pool has an automatic fill valve, make sure it is fully turned off. Then place a bucket on a pool step. Fill the bucket with pool water to about three to four inches from the top, matching the water level in the bucket with the level of the pool. Carefully mark the water levels on both the inside and outside of the bucket. Wait 24 hours. If the pool water has dropped faster than the bucket’s contents, you may have a leak. Contact a pool professional for help.
On-going leaks can results in high water usage and therefore high water costs. The City offers a water leak adjustment for residents that fix leaks. Visit the FAQs on how to get a credit issued for a fixed leak.