Water Meters

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In 2004, Vallecitos Water District began converting water meters to an Automated Meter Reading (AMR) system for meter reading ease. Almost all meters in the District are now read electronically. The meter readers drive through each area of the District and a radio signal is sent to their laptop computers with the electronic reading. Each meter is read once a month.

Why Read your Meter?

There are several reasons why you will want to locate and read your water meter. First, you might be interested in just how much water you use in a day. By reading your meter at the beginning and the end of the day you can compare the two totals tell how much water you and your family used. The second reason is to check for leaks. If you turn off all the taps in your house, look at the red flow indicator dial on your meter and if it is turning, chances are you have a leak somewhere. If you need help determining where the leak is located, help is available. We offer a free service where a representative from Mission Resources Conservation District can meet at your house or business and perform a thorough water conservation inspection to determine where water may be wasted. Click here for more information.

Locate your Water 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. It is housed in a concrete box usually marked "water." Carefully remove the lid by using a tool such as a large screwdriver. Insert the tool into the hole and pry the lid off. Visually examine the area around the meter to make sure there are no harmful insects or other animals.


Read your Water Meter

Learning how to read your water meter can lead to increased conservation at your home or business. For best results, read your meter at the same time each day. Meters measure water use in cubic feet. Your water bill converts cubic feet into units. Using this conversion you can find how many gallons of water are used:


100 Cubic Feet = 748 Gallons = 1 Unit of Water

Looking at the meter above, if you used 50 cubic feet in one day, your meter reading would be "000,050.00" (do not read the numbers after the decimal point). Using the conversion, 50 cubic feet would equal 374 gallons of water or 1/2 unit.

To determine the amount of water used since your last reading, take the current meter read and subtract the previous meter read (from your water bill), which will give you the number of units used. For example, if your previous read was 001,200. and your new read is 006,200. then you have used 50 units of water since your last read. To determine the gallons used, multiply the number of units used times 748 gallons (50 units x 748 = 37,400 gallons).

Meter Access

Your meter is the property of Vallecitos Water District. It is illegal to remove and/or tamper with the meter. You are responsible for keeping the area around the meter clear, easy to access and free from obstructions. In the event we cannot read the meter via radio methods or your meter is not accessible, we will estimate a read based on past consumption.