READING YOUR WATER METER


  1. Meters are read monthly, reflecting a billing period of approximately 30 days.
  2. Your water bill is read in 100 cubic feet, rounding down the last two columns to 0. The above meter example would be read as 64,800 cubic feet and your previous meter read would be subtracted from this number to give your water usage.
  3. The leak indicator will rotate clockwise; visually alerting you that water is traveling through the water meter.
  4. One revolution of the cubic foot counter equals 1 cubic foot of water usage. 1 Cubic Foot = 7.48 gallons.
  5. The electronic probe is attached to the lid of your meter box. Care should be used in removing and replacing the lid to avoid damaging attached wires.

In preparation for the summer season in Stinson Beach, the Water District is providing information to help you in detecting and preventing water loss. The community of Stinson Beach is well aware of the overwhelming seasonal increase in demand for parking and commercial services; this demand is also placed on water supplies. The Stinson Beach County Water District makes every effort to assure that there is adequate water supply for residents, tourists, and emergencies. Please review the following information and help in reducing water loss by implementing these procedures.

CHECK YOUR IRRIGATION SYSTEM BEFORE THE SUMMER WATERING SEASON

Irrigation systems are the number one cause of large leaks in Stinson Beach. To help prevent leaks within your irrigation system perform a pre-season observation of the system:

  • turn on each valve separately and inspect for malfunction
  • repair and replace any faulty or mismatched sprinkler heads
  • check controller/timer for proper operation
  • clean and/or replace damaged/plugged drip emitters
  • check your water meter when irrigation system is turned off to confirm that the shut off valve is operating correctly (see above for details)
  • read your meter just before and after irrigation/sprinkler cycle and calculate usage (see above for details)
  • install an irrigation controller/timer at the system origination point
  • hire bonded and licensed landscapers/irrigation system installers only
  • consider hand watering your garden
MONITOR YOUR WATER USAGE TO DETECT POSSIBLE LEAKS

Residents can read their own meter and utilize the data to check for leaks and/or high use. Instructions on how to read your own meter are provided above. You will need a large screwdriver to remove the concrete lid over the meter (and a soft cloth to clear debris from the meter glass). WARNING: When removing concrete lid over meter, be aware of wires, which are attached between the lid and the actual meter. Do not pinch wires when replacing concrete lid.

  • turn off all the taps in your house, check the meter, if the red leak indicator arrow is turning chances are you have a leak
  • listen for running water
  • monitor possible toilet leaks by listening for dripping or other noises and/or perform dye test

Thank you for taking the time to read and implement this information.






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