You can use the meter to work out:
- how much water you are using now
- check whether there is a leak on your property
If you lift the lid of the meter box, you'll see the three main parts:
A the meter, which measures water use
B the backflow manifold, which prevents (possibly polluted) water flowing back into the supply system
C the stop cock which controls the water supply to the house.
How to read your water meter.
- The BLACK numbers on the white background on your water meter, count in cubic metres. This is the reading that your water invoice will be based on.
- The WHITE numbers on the red background on your water meter count in hundreds and tens of litres. Use these numbers to track daily use.
- The small dial on the meter face counts in litres.
- The larger one counts in tenths of a litre. The meter in the picture is reading 297.9 litres (because it is new, it has not yet reached a full cubic metre, so the black numbers read "00000").
- The little disc in the middle of your water meter spins around whenever water is flowing through the meter. It is very useful for detecting leaks - if it is spinning when all the taps are off and the cisterns are full, you may have a leak.
How to calculate your water consumption
Last Reviewed: 11/04/2017