How do I read my meter?

How do I read my meter?

Reading your meter is easy, once you know what the numbers on it mean.

Your meter has one row of numbers - for most meters this is eight. The five numbers on the left-hand side represent kilolitres (1000 litres). The three numbers on the right represent litres.

Image of a meter reading. The image shows the numbers 00126487

In the diagram above, the meter represents 126 kilolitres and 487 litres.

Learn how to read your meter

Watch our Technical Service Officer, Tim, explain how to read your meter.

Video transcription

Hi, I'm Tim from SA Water. A lot of people ask me how to read their water meters, so I'll talk you through it.

Checking your water meter on a regular basis, as well as the taps, pipes and fittings around your property, can help you save water and money.

You're most likely to find your water meter at the front of the property. In Strata or Community Titled properties, there may only be one water meter to supply all units.

Not all meters are identical, but the black and white numbers represent kilolitres, and the red numbers show individual litres. So this water meter is showing usage of 3923 kilolitres and 68 litres. Some older meters may have a 4th red digit representing 1/10th of a litre.

If you want to track your water usage, simply write down the numbers on the water meter dial, so you can take a monthly record. If you want to test for accuracy, here's a simple test you can do.

Turn off all taps around your property. Record the red numbers on your water meter. This one reads 68. Fill up a 10 litre bucket from a tap on your property, and make sure it doesn't overflow. Check your meter again, and if it's accurate, it should read 10 litres more, which this one does.

It's extremely rare for water meters to be inaccurate. However, if you have any concerns, please call 1300 650 950.

So there you go – simple. Thanks for your attention, and we'll see you next time.

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