How to Read Your Water Meter


A water meter is a device that records the amount of water being used delivered to a property. All of the meters in Helendale measure consumption in cubic feet.

Most residential water meters are located near the curb or sidewalk at the front of the property in a concrete or plastic box. The box box will have a metal or plastic lid and may be marked, Water Meter.

You can use a screwdriver or other similar device to remove the lid, however, be cautions as many insects, reptiles and other critters may be inside. Your meter may be covered with dirt. If the face is dirty use a damp cloth to clean it.
Analog Display

There are three major measuring devices in an analog water meter including total water usage, sweep hand, and low-flow indicator. Total water usage is displayed in numbers to indicate volume in either cubic feet or gallons. The meters in Helendale all read in cubic feet.

Read all the numbers from left to right that appear under the words “Cubic Feet.” The first digit on the right represents one cubic foot, the second from the right represents 10 cubic feet, the third from the right represents 100 cubic feet, or one CCF, and so on. One revolution of the water meter sweep hand equals one cubic foot or 7.48 gallons.
To calculate your use, subtract the previous read from the current read.

Example:
124.75 – 123.45 = 1.3 CCF
(1 CCF = 100 cubic feet or 748 gallons)

Helendale CSD reads meters every month for billing purposes, but you can easily calculate your water usage on a daily or weekly basis.

Using your Meter to Check for Leaks
Your meter can help you detect leaks in your home and landscape. To check for a leak, first turn off all faucets inside and outside your house, do not flush toilets, run the dishwasher or washing machine.  If you have an automatic ice cube maker be sure it is not operating when performing this task.
When the water is turned off, the low-flow indicator should not move. If the indicator moves, this indicates a leak. If your meter does not have a low-flow indicator, you can use the sweep hand to detect leaks. Mark the position of the meter sweep hand lightly with a pencil. Wait approximately 30 minutes before rechecking the sweep hand. If it has moved, a leak is indicated.

Click here to download a home meter reading record