How to connect the property side of a water line to a meter

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How to connect the property side of a water line to a meter
Common water connection (water meter image by jimcox40 from

Connecting the property side of a water line to a meter requires a few basic plumbing skills and a few basic tools. It also requires an attention to detail when making that connection. Improper connections can cause leaks and damage to the meter or even to the water line. These conditions can lead to costly repair and water bills. It is a good idea to check with the local governing water authority before any connection is made.

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Things you need

  • Pipe wrench
  • PVC connector
  • Teflon tape
  • Shovel

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  1. 1

    Using the shovel, carefully uncover the property side of the water meter. Make sure you have plenty of room to work around the meter.

  2. 2

    With the pipe wrench, remove the cap or existing pipe from the water meter. Make sure dirt and debris do not get into the exposed end of the meter.

  3. 3

    Wrap the Teflon tape around the male end of the PVC connector. Screw the connector into the meter hand tight, then tighten the connector until snug with the pipe wrench. The connector is now ready to receive the connecting pipe.

Tips and warnings

  • Many water departments require a backflow prevention assembly or other devices. Always make sure your connections meet the water department or authority code. Always replace existing lines with similar or better grade piping.
  • Always check with the water department before attempting any connections or repair. You may not have the authority to make these connections, or it may require special permitting. Always call your utility companies before attempting any digging to identify underground utilities.

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