How do water meters measure water usage?

The City’s water meters are mechanical and measure the volume of water as it passes through the meter. The passing of water rotates the internal mechanism that changes the odometer. If there is no water movement through the meter body, the odometer will not change. The odometers capture the amount of water used citywide as every customer has at least one water meter on their property. The unit of measure used by the City’s water meters is cubic feet. There are 7.48 gallons in one cubic foot. The meter dial is like the odometer on a car. It continually reads the water consumption and is a cumulative total of the water that has run through the meter since it was installed.

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1. How is my water bill measured, read and billed?
2. How do water meters measure water usage?
3. How does the City read the water meters?
4. How accurate are the water meters?
5. What causes high water bills?
6. How many gallons can a small leak use during one month?
7. Why is my meter box full of dirt?
8. Who to call with questions or high water bill concerns?