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Water Meter Reading Help #5453052 06/13/20 05:31 PM
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Could someone please help me read these water meter readings?

The water company says I used 13K gallons last month. Is this correct?

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Re: Water Meter Reading Help [Re: sasilverbullet] #5453059 06/13/20 05:40 PM
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Looks like you used 1815 CuFt which would convert to 13577 gal.

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13,576.2 gallons used yep it’s pretty much right. That little dial center left of gauge will show if you have a leak. Turn everything off and look at it. If you do have a leak look for areas of greener taller grass if no visible water.


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Re: Water Meter Reading Help [Re: sasilverbullet] #5453072 06/13/20 05:53 PM
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I know a 5' diameter kids pool will go thur 15K+ gallons in a month. Water gets dirty, grassy. Dump the pool. Repeat. Repeat. Plus my darling children found a lawn sprinkler to further help their water sports.
So yes you can go thur 13K gals in a month. No kids playing water sports. Leaking toilet. Leaking pipes. Leaking feed line from water meter into your house will all get you to 13K.


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Re: Water Meter Reading Help [Re: sasilverbullet] #5453079 06/13/20 05:58 PM
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Yep, I get about 13,500 gallons which is high but not impossibly so. That comes out to a bit over 400 gallons a day.

What're your family size/water use habits? Do you have water-saving fixtures? Do you water your yard? (I think that's the key there!)

If you have, say, 6 people showering a day (2.5 gal*10 min *6), that's 150 gallons. Add in toilets/sinks/dishwasher plus a few loads of laundry (call it 50 gallons each wash load), and you're probably right around 200-250 gallons a day. Any amount of watering, car washing, etc. would increase that rather quickly.

I just dug out some of our old bills... looks like we use around 7-8,000 gallons in months we don't water the yard (underground sprinkler system, plus manual watering of flowerbeds with hose which at least doubles our water usage if used heavily - e.g. in later summer). Comes to about $30 in non-watering months and $75-100ish in the summer.
We have 5 people showering, do plenty of laundry, run the (new) dishwasher daily, but do have water-saving showerheads (2.5 gpm), low-flow toilets (1.6 gal), and newer faucets.

Of course, ymmv, but I think the usage really depends on how many people in the home, and if you do outdoor irrigation.

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Re: Water Meter Reading Help [Re: sasilverbullet] #5453116 06/13/20 06:31 PM
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Well you didn't really use that much. Even in Texas but I'd be giving some serious consideration to looking for a leak between you meter and your house.

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Re: Water Meter Reading Help [Re: sasilverbullet] #5453117 06/13/20 06:32 PM
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The average person uses 75 gallons of water per day. Being on a well I had no meter and did not believe that we would be using that kind of water. I had a water meter lying around at work so I installed it on my water main and sure enough that was about what we were using per person. And of course if I was doing anything extraordinary like power washing or the lawn it shot up.

Re: Water Meter Reading Help [Re: sasilverbullet] #5453132 06/13/20 06:49 PM
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Just wife and I, we do have a sprinkler system, don't use it often.

I'll check the flow meter to see if they're might be a leak.

If I think there is, do I call a plumber or the water company?


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Re: Water Meter Reading Help [Re: samven] #5453133 06/13/20 06:49 PM
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Originally Posted by samven
Looks like you used 1815 CuFt which would convert to 13577 gal.


What are the two readings you used? I'm confused about what is showing...


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Re: Water Meter Reading Help [Re: sasilverbullet] #5453149 06/13/20 07:27 PM
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30,830 - 29,015 = 1,815. One rotation of the pointer equals one cubic foot. No need to count the tenths (pointer)

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A few years ago , our water bill started to rise . Our youngest son and I eventually found a leak in the back yard , between the meter ( in the alley right of way ) and the house .

He dug it up for me and I patched it .

To no big surprise , about a year latter the water bill started to rise again . Then it jumped to ~ $ 700 for water , trash , sewer , storm drainage , etc. . ad to do something . Planned things out , rented a mini-excavator ( Home Depot ) one weekend and with the help from my Wife , we installed a new PEX water line . next weekend we rinted the mini-ex , again , and covered the ditch back up .

The 2 rentals cost way more than all the rest of the supplies / materials .


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Usually the water company is only concerned with a leak before the water meter. If it is after the meter it is on you to get a plumber to repair it.

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my water meter is in my basement.. (everywhere I have i lived) is it at the curb or something? for people saying leak after meter.

1 cubic foot is aprox 7.48 gallons might be the number you are missing while reading that meter.


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How does the city read the meter , in your basement ?

As I mentioned , ours is in the alley .


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Turn off everything in the house for a couple of hours and watch that the pointer doesn't move.

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