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How to Read Your Water Bill and Water Meter

Photo4 Metering 2

The Sheboygan Water Utility has two types of residential meters in service, which are shown here. Water meters are located inside the home and can generally be found in the basement or utility room. 




Water Meter A2

Water Meter (A) has a remote reading device attached to it and therefore can be read quarterly by the Utility Meter Reader remotely.




Water Meter B2

Water Meter (B) has a wire connected to an Outside Register (B1) which is physically read by a Sheboygan Water Utility Service Technician each quarter. This reading system is slowly being phased out by the Sheboygan Water Utility. 



Water Meter B3
Water Bill

The Sheboygan Water Utility bills in hundred cubic feet, making it easy to read your meter and analyze your usage anytime. In one hundred cubic foot there is approximately 748 gallons.

Below is an example of a Residential Water Bill. To measure how much water you have used since your last billing, simply refer to your last bill.


Using the example above, you know your meter read 1,143 on 09/05/2013.  Today, you read your meter and it read 1,145. This means you have used 2 hundred cubic feet of water since your last billing. That equates to approximately 1,496 gallons of water since your meter was last read. 

How to Find a Leak By Reading Your Water Meter

1. First, make sure all water is turned off inside and outside the home. This test must be performed when no water equipment is used, such as irrigation controllers, clothes washers, dishwashers, etc.

2. Record the reading of the water meter, and wait 15 minutes. It is important no one uses any water during this time.

3. Record the reading of the meter again. If the meter has recorded water use during the test, it might be due to a leak. Verify that the water use is not due to small appliances such as water filters, water softeners, or whole house humidifiers.

The meter test only verifies large leaks. Using this test you cannot verify that small leaks do not exist within the home. Even when leaks are detected, this test does not indicate the location of the leaks. Further investigation is needed to detect and locate all significant leaks.

How to Check if you have a Leaky Toilet

Replace Flapper Valve or Flush Valve