Meter Reading

Chatfield W.S.C. utilizes Radio Read Water Meters to all members services. These water meters will are read by computer utilizing a drive by system.  These meters have been tested for accuracy and have settings that notify us if there is a leak, cross connection or if they have been tampered with. This meter registers a leak when water flows continuous through the meter for a 24 hour period. Any questions about this system can be answered at the office.


STEP 1   Locate your meter box, generally found towards the front of a property, near the street. The box is typically in a direct line with the main outside faucet. It is housed in a concrete box usually marked "water". Remove the lid by using a tool such as a large screwdriver. Insert the tool into one of the holes and pry the lid off.

STEP 2   Once you open the meter box lid, lift the protective cap on the meter. On the face of the meter, there is a large dial and a display of numbers. For the residential meter, each rotation of the dial measures 10 gallons. Read the number display from left to right. Be sure to include the stationary zero. This is your meter reading. Meters measure water in gallons or cubic feet. Charges for the amount of water consumed are rounded to the nearest thousand gallons or hundred cubic feet used during a billing period. Compare that reading to what your bill states as your current or present reading.

STEP 3   Keep in mind that you might be checking your meter on a date different from the one used for billing. This could result in a difference in the amount you find, compared with the amount on which your bill is based. However, if your reading is considerably higher than what is on your bill, check for a leak or try to determine the source of large water use. If your reading is significantly lower than the reading on your bill, please contact us and let us assist you in determining the problem.

How To Interpret The Meter Reading

As stated above, to interpret the meter reading, you must read from left to right. In the picture below the reading is 276,570 gallons. The fixed zero on the right of the dials is the ones column. The first black dial on right is tens, the second black dial is hundreds, and the first white dial is thousands.

Residential Meter