How to Read Your Meter

There are several reasons why you might want to locate and read your meter. You may be interested to know how much water you use in a day. By reading your meter at the beginning and end of a day, you can compare the two reads to figure out how much water you and your family used. You may want to read the meter to check for leaks. To do this, turn off all the taps in your house, then look at your meter. If the meter is still turning, chances are you have a leak somewhere. Below are some tips to help you find and read your water meter.


STEP 1: Locate Your Meter
Your water meter is generally located near the curb in front of your home or place of business in a direct line with your main outside faucet. It is housed in a box usually marked "water". Carefully remove the lid by using a tool such as a large screwdriver. Insert the tool into the hole and lift the lid off. Please, do not use your fingers. Visually examine the area around the meter to make sure there are no harmful insects or other animals.

STEP 2: Read Your Water Meter
All customers within the Hi-Desert Water District have their water use measured by a meter.

Hi-Desert Water District meters measure water in cubic feet (approximately 7.5 gallons). Charges for the amount of water consumed are based on the number of units (one unit equals 100 cubic feet or approximately 748.5 gallons) used during a billing period.

The majority of the district's meters are the straight-reading meter, which resembles an odometer in a car. In the meter shown, the reading is taken from figures shown under the words CUBIC FEET. The meter reads 817.10 which is the total number of cubic feet of water recorded since the meter was installed. If the utility bills in units of 100 cubic feet they would read this meter as simply 817.
Help Your Meter Reader
Your water meter is an accurate and dependable water-measuring device used to register all the water used in your home or building. The water meter is usually located in a small box in the ground near the street or the edge of the property. To ensure access for reading and servicing your meter, it is important that you maintain the area around your meter box. Most people are not aware that their water meter is located within a utility easement. This means that when landscaping or fencing your yard, you need to maintain enough distance from the meter and box to allow us to read, service and repair your meter. It also means that it is the property owner's responsibility to ensure that the meter box is visible and accessible at all times.

If landscaping does cause access difficulty, we ask that you clear it. However, if we need immediate access we may clear the vegetation without prior notice. Please note that the District has the right to remove obstructions placed in a utility easement area and is not responsible for any damage that may be caused by removing the obstruction.

If you have any questions about maintaining your meter or need help in locating your water meter, please call the District's Customer Service Department at (760) 365-8333.