Water Conservation Tips: Use your meter as a leak detection tool

Small leaks around your home can go undetected for years, and if left unnoticed, over time a small amount of wasted water starts adding up to a higher water bill. One way to find out if you have a leak in your home is to read the water meter. Find out how these simple steps can help you detect leaks.

How to check for a leak

  • Turn off all faucets inside and outside your house.
  • Check to see if the leak indicator on your meter is moving. If the dial is moving, chances are you have a leak.
  • Take a meter reading without using water and wait one hour. If the dial is moving after waiting, you have a leak.

Take action and identify the leak

  • Locate your home’s main shut-off valve and shut off the water.
  • Check the leak indicator again for movement. If the leak indicator stops moving, you have an indoor leak. If the leak indicator is moving, your leak is outside between your meter and your house.

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How to Read Your Water Meter