Want to track your water consumption? Learn how to understand the data displayed on your water meter.
Water meters are generally located near a building’s main water inlet. The data shown in digital or mechanical format represents the water consumed within the building.
Understanding the water meter display
The meter displays a series of numbers, which may or may not include decimals. If decimals are displayed, they are located to the right of the series of numbers, often separated by a period or an arrow, or they have a different colour (red or black).
Reading a meter with decimals
If the meter displays one or several decimals, they should not be taken into account in the reading. Only the series of numbers preceding the decimal should be read.
If you are asked to provide a meter reading, you must take note of all the numbers preceding the decimal, starting with the zeros.
Digital meter displaying two decimals after the period
The meter shows 246 m3
The meter reading to transmit would be 000246
Mechanical meter displaying a decimal in black
The meter shows 4,874 m3
The reading to transmit would be 04874
Reading a meter with no decimal
If the meter does not display a decimal, the entire series of numbers must be read.
If you are asked to provide a meter reading, you must take note of all the numbers displayed, starting with the zeroes.
Mechanical meter with no decimal
The meter shows 98,882 m3
The reading to transmit would be 098882
Mechanical meter with no decimal and a fixed zero
The meter shows 382,820 m3
The reading to transmit would be 0382820