Your water meter is underground in a rectangular box with a metal or cement lid, usually found in or near the sidewalk. To get to the meter, you can remove the cover with a large screwdriver.
Sweetwater Authority has one basic type of water meter. This water meter is read like an odometer. Simply read the number across the counter (see diagram 1).
Sweetwater Authority water meters record water use in terms of cubic feet. One cubic foot of water is equal to 7.48 gallons. Our bills are based on how many hundred cubic feet (748 gallons) each customer uses.. An "Average” household uses about 26.6 units in two months, or 121 gallons per day.
Odometer Style Meter
(Reading: 36810 Billing Read: 368)
To determine your water use, compare your reading to one taken a week later at the same time of day. Subtract the first reading from the second to find out how many cubic feet of water you have used. Multiply this figure by 7.48 to find out how many gallons of water you are using each week, and divide the result by 7 to determine gallons per day.
For example, if your meter read 36710 today and 36890 seven days later, you’ve used 180 cubic feet of water. Multiply 180 times 7.48, and you will find out you used 1,346 gallons during the week. 1346 divided by 7 yields a daily water use of 192 gallons.