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Understanding Your Water Meter

Locating Your Meter

Your water meter is usually located near the curb in front of your home or place of business in a direct line with the main outside faucet. It is housed in a concrete box with a steel lid. Carefully remove the lid by using a tool such as a large screwdriver.

Checking Your Meter for Leaks

Make sure all water indoors and outdoors is off. Understanding Your Water Meter
If the small red triangle is spinning, water is passing through your meter and you have a leak. If it is not spinning, you will need to check your outdoor water system when it is turned on.
Click here
for a check list that provides a thorough inspection.

Where Your Responsibility Begins

The city of Glendale provides service and maintenance up to, and including, your water meter. Once water exits the meter, it enters the customer’s private property and area of responsibility. You are responsible for making any necessary repairs from the meter to your house. It is recommended that you consult a certified plumber for repairs.

To download the ”Reduce Your Use Checklist”, click here.

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Water Conservation - Reduce Your Use

Did You Know You Can Reduce Your Water Usage?

Many people are surprised to learn that they potentially use 136 gallons of water each day (the average use in the Phoenix metro area) and are interested to learn where all that water goes. Here is the breakdown of how 136 gallons of water is typically used during the day:

  • 74 gallons are used outside in the landscape
  • 22 gallons are used for household cleaning
    (includes dishwashing & laundry)
  • 18 gallons are used for flushing toilets
  • 16 gallons are used for showers and baths
  • 6 gallons are used for drinking, in-home water
    purifiers, leaks, and cooking

Reduce Your Use Quick Links
bullet point Reduce Your Use Checklist (pdf)

bullet point 5 easy steps to reduce your use

bullet point Locate your water meter

bullet point How to read your water meter

bullet point Where did all that water go?

bullet point How does your water usage

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Here Are 5 Easy Steps You Can Take To Reduce Your Water Usage!

Step 1. Reduce your outdoor water use - order a free copy of Landscape Watering By the Numbers and the Landscape Plants for the Az. Desert to learn the basics of efficient landscape water use - Order brochure online. Also, check out the City’s Landscape Rebate Program

Step 2. Take a free class - Since more water is used in the landscape than anywhere else, the Glendale Water Conservation Office offers low-water-use landscape classes year-round.

Step 3. Repair leaks – use The Complete Guide to Home Water Management to help detect leaks. Order brochure online

Step 4. Reduce your indoor water use
by using the Water Use It Wisely tips at

Step 5. Make a commitment to conserve - Visit the City’s Water Conservation Website to learn more about water-saving opportunities . Take the Online Home Water Challenge.

Click here for a "Reduce Your Water Use Checklist" that provides more information on checking for leaks plus tips on maximizing water efficiency in your home (pdf).

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How to Read Your Water Meter

Are you interested in knowing how much water you use for various purposes around your house and yard or how much water you use in a day? Would you like to see if you have a leak in you piping? Reading your water meter is easy and can help you determine these things! Here are some useful tips and directions to help you find and read your water meter:

STEP 1: Finding Your Water Meter

Your water meter is usually located near the curb in front of your home or place of business in a direct line with the main outside faucet. It is housed in a concrete box with a steel lid. Carefully remove the lid by using a tool such as a large screwdriver. Please, do not use your fingers. Insert the tool into one of the holes and pry the lid off. Visually examine the area around the meter to make sure there are no harmful insects or other animals near or inside the meter box.

STEP 2: Reading Your Water Meter

Each of the City of Glendale’s water customers has their water use measured by a meter. This results in each customer paying their fare share of operating the system based upon the actual amount of water used. Usage is determined by taking an initial reading and subtracting it from a subsequent reading.

For more details on how to read your meter, you can order a free guide, The Complete Guide to Home Water Management to help detect leaks. Order brochure online

How to Read Your Meter

In the meter at the right, the reading is taken from the figures shown on the meter dials. The meter reads 4,162,660 gallons. Because our charge is based on units of 1,000 gallons, the meter reader discards the last three numbers (the ones with the black background). So, this reading would actually be 4,162.

Assume that the next time you read your meter, the new reading was 4,197,010, as shown here.

Again, we'd drop the last three numbers and your official reading would be 4,197. Your usage since the last time you read your meter would be determined by subtracting the first reading number (4,162) from the new reading number (4,197). You would then know that you had used 35 thousand gallons of water. It’s that simple! Our meter readers read your meter once a month, rain or shine, and their readings are used to determine your water bill.


City of Glendale, Arizona - My Water - How to Read Your Water Meter
City of Glendale, Arizona - My Water - How to Read Your Water Meter

Often, your meter will have a small colored pinwheel (see the first picture) or triangular shaped flow indicator (see the second picture) that you might see spinning. The spinning indicates that water is passing through your meter. If you are not aware that you are using water in your house or yard and the triangle is spinning, you may have a leak. Check your yard and fixtures closely for evidence of a leak. Toilets are often the culprit because the flapper valve in the toilet tank may not seal properly, resulting in a slow, and sometimes quiet, leak.

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How to Read Your Water Meter

My Water - Water MeterDo You Know Where All That Water Went?

Are you staring at your water bill in disbelief wondering “How could I use that much water?” Typically, 50 to 70 percent of a household’s water use is outside in the landscape. Seasonally checking and properly adjusting your irrigation timers can significantly reduce your overall water use. To learn how to water your lawn and plants go to the interactive watering guide at or take one of the free classes offered by the city of Glendale Water Conservation Office.

Other Sneaky Leaks To Look For …

  • A broken sprinkler head can lose up to 12 gallons per minute.
  • A reverse osmosis water treatment system can use up to 5 gallons for every gallon of filtered water it produces.
  • A ½ inch diameter garden hose delivers 5 to 8 gallons of water per minute; over 300 gallons per hour.
  • A slow dripping leaky outdoor valve or indoor water fixture can waste 350 gallons per month.
  • An average size swimming pool (400 sq. ft.) uses about 16,000 gallons to fill and loses about 22,000 each year due to evaporation and backwashing. Evaporation loss in the summer can be as high as 2,500 gallons each month.

For more information you can request a free home water audit and leak detection kit, The Complete Guide to Home Water Management, by calling 623-930-3535 or order brochure online

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Did You Know How Your Water Usage Compares?

Do You Know How Your Water Usage Compares?

The average residential water use in Glendale is approximately 118 gallons per person per day. This is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the following factors:

  • Number of people living in or visiting the home.
  • Size and type of landscaping and how it is watered
  • Presence of a swimming pool.
  • Presence of water efficient appliances and plumbing fixtures.
  • Presence of indoor or outdoor leaks
  • Personal habits.

Example: Calculating Your Water Usage Per Person Per Day








Gallons used per month


Number of people per household


Days in the month


Gallons per person per day



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