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Where is the water meter located in a house?

Updated July 20, 2017

Knowing the location of a water meter allows a customer to track the cost of water and ensure that there are no pipe leaks or plumbing issues. The exact location of the meter varies depending on the residence.

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In the front yard of a freestanding home, look for a round or square iron lid close to the curb or within 10 feet of the curb and marked "water." In frigid climates, the water meter could reside in a basement near the main water line.


Necessary tools such as pliers, tire irons, wrenches or screwdrivers open the lid. Use caution upon opening the lid. Water meters potentially house spiders, insects and even snakes.

Water Meter Care

Keeping brush, lawn furniture and cars clear of the water meter will allow easy access to the meter by homeowners and water department staff. Regularly checking for leaks allows consumers to track water expenditure. A local water department will assist with any questions regarding a reading or leak check.

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About the Author

Victoria Ross began her career as a freelance writer in 2010 and has been published on Popeater, Gadling and AOL Travel. Ross holds a Bachelor of Science in education from Eastern Illinois University and a Master of Arts in communication from the University of Illinois at Springfield.

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