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How to Read Your Water Meter

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The City of Fort Lauderdale reads your water meter every month, unless it is not accessible or obstructed. You can read the meter to:

  • Confirm the reading on your bill
  • Monitor your water use
  • Perform a simple check for water leaks

Locating your meter:

To locate the water meter on your property it is usually located in a concrete box near the street.

Breakdown of the water meter:

Most of the City of Fort Lauderdale meters look like the one pictured below.


The dial will move only when water passes through the meter.


The odometer records total water use in a similar way as the odometer in your car records miles driven. Meter reads left to right. The odometer does not move if water is not moving through it. We only read the numbers at the thousandth digit and up. We do not read the first 3 digits on the black background.

Checking for a leak:

To check for a leak, first, make sure no one is using water at the property. Next, go to the meter and see if the dial is moving. If there is movement, it is an indication there may be a leak somewhere. If the dial is not moving, there is no water usage being registered at that time. If you have an irrigation line, this does not indicate that there is not a leak in the irrigation system after the timer. If you are unsure or unable to do these procedures, you may want to contact a professional for assistance.Water Meter Dial