STEP 1: Locate your meter box, generally found towards the front of a property, near the street. The box is typically in a direct line with the main outside faucet. It is housed in a box usually marked “water”. Remove the lid by using a tool such as a large screwdriver. Insert the tool into one of the holes and pry the lid off.
STEP 2: lift the black lid on your meter. Allow light to hit the meter face to turn it on. A flashlight may be used if at night or low sunlight. The digital display will give you your current reading first and the the word RATE will appear, after that it will show the water moving through the meter at that time. If no water is being used it will say 0.00 or it will give you an amount being used. If no water is on in the house and you have something other than 0.00 you may have a leak.
STEP 3: Keep in mind that you might be checking your meter on a date different from the one used for billing. This could result in a difference in the amount you find, compared with the amount on which your bill is based. However, if your reading is considerably higher than what is on your bill, check for a leak or try to determine the source of large water use.