Green Tool Kit: Water Conservation: Water Meters

There are several reasons why your business should be able to locate and read your water meter. By reading your meter at the beginning and the end of the day you can determine how much water your business has used. You can also use the reading to check for leaks. For instance, if you turn off all the taps on the property and see that the meter is still turning, this may indicate a leak.

How to 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 the main outside faucet. Some water meters in commercial properties are located in the basement under the sidewalk of the property. Water meters are usually housed in a gray plastic or concrete box at ground level. Carefully remove the lid by using a tool, such as a large screwdriver, to pry it off.

How to Read Your Water Meter: All Santa Barbara County water utilities customers have their water use measured by a meter. The water and wastewater charges are based on the amount of water that passes through the meter on a monthly or bimonthly basis.

Figure 2

Most Santa Barbara County water utilities provide the straight-reading meter, which resembles the mileage odometer in an automobile. It records water use in cubic feet. The water utility bills in units of 100 Cubic Feet; 1 UNIT EQUALS 748 GALLONS. Some straight reading meters also have a leak detection dial, shown as the red triangle in Figure 2. If all fixtures are off and the dial rotates continuously in one direction even slightly, this could mean there is a leak somewhere on the property.