Public Works Administration
2123 NW 111th St.
Clive, IA 50325-3755
Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday
7:00 am - 3:30 pm
How to Read Your Water Meter
All Clive customers have their water use measured by a meter. Clive meters measure water in gallons. Charges for the amount of water consumed are based on cost per 1,000 gallons used during a billing period. There are several reasons why you might want to be able to locate and read your water meter.
- To measure how much water you use in a day – Read your meter at the beginning and end of the day and compare the two totals to tell how much water you and your family used.
- To check for leaks – Turn off all the taps in your house, look at your meter and if the low flow indicator (red triangle to the left of the sweep hand in the sample below) is turning, chances are you have a leak somewhere.
HOW TO LOCATE YOUR METER
Your water meter is generally located in your basement near your furnace.
HOW TO READ YOUR METER
You will see a glass dial similar to an odometer of a car (see sample below). The sweep hand measures each gallon of water up to 10 gallons and is used mainly for testing. The first number on the right of the dial is a “lazy zero”. It represents the ‘ones’ place. There is no need for it to move because the sweep hand does its work. The movable dials to the left read in 10s, 100s, 1,000s of gallons, and so on.