Your water meter gets looked at maybe four times a year, and even then, it’s usually a repair or service person checking it, not you. Or maybe it isn’t looked at all and your water use is measured elsewhere. You could be wasting water without even knowing it when your water meter could be filling you in on all of its secrets. You just have to stop by and ask it!
Before you go and take a peek, please be aware that some utility companies prohibit you from opening the meter box. If your meter is not visible without opening a box or other protective covering, please contact your utility company first before proceeding. If your meter is visible, it’s easy to check – just be sure not to tamper or mess around with it. It’s for collecting information only.
We often get so used to having the luxury of running water within our homes that we don’t realize how much we go through. Check your meter at the beginning of the day and again at the end to see the total amount of gallons you went through in just one day. Make it a game for your family to use less water and set goals for decreasing the daily totals.
Checking your water meter can also indicate leaks that may have gone unnoticed. After ensuring all taps and water-using fixtures are off, watch your meter for a few minutes. If your meter is still turning, chances are there’s a leak somewhere that’s causing your high water bills. Knowing there’s a leak is half the battle… now you just have to find it!
Keeping an eye on your water meter can be another step in your household’s goal to conserve water every day. Staying knowledgeable about your water usage will help you create the steps necessary to conserve this valuable resource and save a few dollars on your next utility bill at the same time!