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How To Read Your Water Meter

Circular-Reading Meter

Start by reading the highest numbered dial and go left to right around the meter's face until the thousand gallon dial is reached. (Read the thousand gallon dial)

Low numbers are between "0" and "5"

High numbers are between "5" and "0"

Using the example above. On Dial 1 the hand is between 3 & 4. To find out which number it is to look at dial 2. Dial 2's hand is on a high number (5 to 0) so the number on dial 1 would be the lowest number.

Go to dial 2. The hand is on 7. Look on dial 3. If the hand is on a lower number (0 to 5) then the number for dial 2 would be the 7.

Go to dial 3. The hand is between 3 & 4. To get the number go to dail 4. Dial 4 is on a high number (5 to 0) so the number on dial 3 would be the lowest number.

Go to dial 4. The hand is on 8. Look at dial 5. If the hand is on a low number (0 to 5) then the number for dial 4 would be the 8.

So your reading would be: 3 7 3 8


Straight-Reading Meter

Straight-reading meters are read in the same way mileage is read on an automobile or bicycle odometer. Read the numbers from left to right to the first number in black which is the 1,000 gallon number.

The reading for the example below is 17,396 gallons.

Straight Reading Meter