How To Read Your Water Meter

Your water meter
Your meter measures the amount of water used in cubic feet. One cubic foot = 7.48 gallons. East Valley Water District bills in units of 100 cubic feet (748 gallons). Water usage is determined by taking an initial reading and subtracting it from the previous month's reading.

For example:
Meter Reads
June     1340
July      1360

1360-1340= 20 units of consumption for your July bill

Locating your water meter
Start by locating your meter on your property . Your meter is usually located near the curb in front of your home. It is underground and covered by a lid marked Water or EVWD. Carefully remove the lid by using a tool such as a large screwdriver to lift off. Visually examine the area around the meter to make sure there are no insects near or inside the box.

Reading your meter for one week
Reading your meter is like reading an odometer on a car. Start by writing down the first four numbers on the meter and the date you read it.

After a period of seven days read the meter again and write down the read along with the date. Subtract the second read from the first to determine the amount of units of water used during the week. Multiply 748 by the number of units to convert from units to gallons of water.

Use the following tips to help with learning how much water is used during different activities like watering your lawn or the amount of water used in a day.
By reading your meter often you are more likely to catch spikes in water use quickly and are more likely to catch a leak early.

Learn more about leaks and how your meter can help by reading Do you have a leak?