Reading / Access to Meter / Leak Detection
The District meter reader
reads your meter approximately every 30 days. You will be able to recognize
the District meter reader by his or her uniform and the District
vehicle parked nearby. If your meter is inaccessible
for some reason, an estimated bill based on past consumption
will be generated. As a customer of San Lorenzo
Valley Water District, it is your responsibility to maintain
full access to your water meter for reading and any necessary
maintenance and repair by District personnel. You can read your meter
and check for potential leaks by following the instructions
How to Read
Where Is My Water
Meter ? Do I Have
A Leak ?
What's is a Unit of Water?
How is Our Water Measured?
to read your water meter
meters are precision instruments built to accurately measure both
large and small amounts of water for many years. Although yours
may look a little different, the dial pictured here is typical
of most residential water meters.
to read your water meter first you must locate the correct water
meter to your home. You may already
know it's location. If you don't, call the District's Administrative
Office, 831-338-2153, during regular business hours to request
a meter location and serial number. In addition have a pencil
and paper ready, as you will be given the meter serial number
so you can be sure you are at your water meter and not your neighbors.
your meter may be difficult, as the meter box can be hidden fairly
well with brush and weeds. Your meter should be located in a concrete
meter box with a concrete lid. Always use caution in locating
and working in the meter box. Watch for traffic and other safety
concerns. To open the lid you will need a large screwdriver or
a tire iron works well to gain access. In opening the lid use
caution as the meter box provides a cozy hideaway for spiders
and snakes and are found routinely inside. The meter may not be
in plain sight as gophers continually fill the boxes with dirt.
A small garden trowel works great for removing the dirt from a
meter box. Once you locate the meter there is a long serial number
that should match the number that the District's Customer Service
Staff has supplied for you. The serial number is located on the
meter. The location is on the outlet side of the meter base. If
it is difficult to read, a flashlight might help. Removal of the
meter box is not recommended as damage to plumbing or the box
is likely to occur. If the lid to the meter box is not present,
call the District.
Detector: Triangle in Picture
that rotates even with very small amounts of water moving through
the meter. If the leak is large it will be easy to see the triangle
move, however if it is a small leak it can be difficult. We recommend
that you place a pencil line marking a point of the triangle and
waiting about five minutes to see if it moves off your pencil
mark. If the triangle turns when all water is off in the house,
you have a leak that should be investigated further. You may wish
to hire a professional to help you find "mystery leaks".
Or you can contact the District for some general information and
help on how to find a leak. You will find that District Staff
can offer some of the best free service offered.
Sweep Hand: Red Dial in Picture
rotation of the sweep hand indicates one cubic foot, or 7.48 gallons
of water, has passed through the meter. The marking around the
outside of the dial indicate tenths and hundredths of one cubic
Register: Below Triangle in Picture
the mileage odometer on your car, these numbers keep a running
total of all water that has passed through the meter since it
was new(this one shows 36,810 cubic feet total). Subtract the
last read from your water bill, from these numbers will tell you
how many cubic feet of water have register. Multiply by 7.48 to
in a unit of water?
are based on increments of 100 cubic feet of water delivered, or
what we call a billing unit. One unit equals 748 gallons of water.
When the meter reader records the numbers on your meter, they disregard
the numbers in black, recording only the numbers in white (multiples
of 100). In the example above, the meter reading shown on this customer's
water bill would be 368.
1 Cubic Foot =
7.48 Gallons =
62.4 Pounds of water
100 Cubic Feet =
748 Gallons =
One billing unit
1 Million Gallons =
3.07 Acre Feet =
1 Acre Foot* =
325,872 Gallons =
Cover's one acre of land, one foot deep
the average family of four will use about half an acre foot
in a typical year
meter pictured above is the new "Touch Read" type
that we are installing throught the District. Other water
meters may look like the one shown below (lower left). If
your meter looks like the one on the lower left, you may
be on the list for replacement with a new "Touch Read"
meter that enables the reader to more accuratly record your
usage. The meter shown in the lower right is a "RadioRead"
meter and we install these in places where pulling over
to gain access to the meter is more dagerous or the meter
is less accessable.