Most people are familiar with their home’s electric and gas meters, but many are not as familiar with their water meters. In this blog, we’ll break down what a water meter is and why it’s important to be in the know about.
What is A Water Meter?
A water meter is a device that measures the amount of water flowing through a pipe. It is typically installed at the point where water enters a property, in both a commercial or residential property. Water meters are used to track water usage and for billing purposes. They are also used by utility companies to monitor and investigate water leaks.
Water meters typically have a dial or digital display that shows the amount of water that has passed through the meter. The meter records this information in units of measurement, such as gallons or cubic feet. The recording device is generally located inside the meter box, which is typically installed near the street or sidewalk. Water meters are read periodically. These readings are then used to calculate the water bill for the customer.
Types of Water Meters.
You will see three types of water meters in Austin, Texas. The type you have installed depends on the water your property uses.
Positive Displacement Meters - These meters are best for smaller commercial spaces that use a small amount of water. They work by trapping the water before letting it pass through the pipes.
Turbine Meters - This meter is powered by water passing through and spinning a turbine, producing a reading. These work great in high-flow facilities but can yield inaccurate readings in low-flow situations.
Compound Meters - These are the most intense water meters combined with turbine motors to be an ideal fit for heavy-duty uses. They are the most expensive option.
Why Water Meters Are Important.
Water meters can also be used to help ensure that you are being billed correctly. If you believe you have been overcharged, you can request a copy of your meter readings from the past year. This will allow you to compare your usage to the charges on your bill. Contact your local water utility company if you have questions about your water meter.
You should also contact a professional plumber if you notice a large spike in your water bill, as it may be due to a leak or another problem you’ve unknowingly been experiencing.For all of your plumbing needs and questions contact Plumb Masters, Inc. at (512) 957-0485! Austin Plumbers, if you’re not happy, we’re not finished.