How to Read a Water Meter



Locating Your Meter Box

*For Residential Customers: In most cases, the water meter is located at the front of the property near the street in a metal box. A blue line may be painted in the street noting the approximate location of the meter box.

*For Commercial Customers: Generally, the water meter is located at the front of the property, but it could be located on the back or side of property. In some cases depending on the size of the commercial property, the meter will be locked in a large vault. In these cases, do not attempt to obtain a reading. Please contact the City of Clemson to obtain a reading of the meter.

*When looking at the water meter, locate the white numbers on the right side of the meter dial with the black background. These numbers count the number of gallons of water that have passed through your meter.

* The City of Clemson bills in hundreds of gallons or to the 100 gallon dial. So when you get your bill - the reading will be to the 100th digit, (or third dial from the right), on the meter.

Serial number is Listed on outside cover

Determining Your Water Usage

*Select a day to take an initial water meter reading.

*Write down the numbers you see on the meter odometer. (ex. 0260000)

*After a period of time has passed (such as a day or week), read your meter again. (ex. New reading of 0263000)

*Subtract your first reading from the second reading. This is your water usage for that period. (ex. 0263000-0260000=3000)

*The 3000 figure indicates that 3,000 gallons of water have been used during the time period between the two readings.

If you have any questions about reading your meter please call: The City of Clemson Utilities Department  (864) 653-2046.