Your water meter can be a very useful tool in determining whether you have a water leak. Your meter is usually located in a black rectangular meter box located in the easement close to the street or sidewalk. When opening the lid to the meter box, be cautious as sometimes it has become home to insects, spiders, frogs, and yes, even a snake. Once you have the meter box opened, it may be necessary to wipe off the face of the meter in order to see it clearly.
Your meter is equipped with a “low flow detector” that rotates in a clockwise direction when water is being used. The meter is designed to detect even the smallest amount of usage frequently associated with small leaks. To check for leaks, turn off all faucets and equipment that use water. Watch the “low flow detector” very closely. If there is any movement in the “low flow detector” and you are sure everything that uses water has been turned off, that is an indication that there is a leak. The speed at which the “low flow detector” moves indicates how large the leak is.