Seattle Public Utilities Mami Hara, General Manager/CEO

Locate and Read your Water Meter

Locate your meter

Water meters are typically located:

  • in iron boxes sunk in the ground;
  • in the parking strip or sidewalk in front of or at the side of your house;
  • or they covered by a 1x2 ft. metal plate that says CWM (City Water Meter).

Read your meter

water meter

If you’re interested in how much water you are using on a daily basis, or if you want to find out if you have a leak, you’ll need to know how to read your water meter.

  • Use a small rod, crow bar or screwdriver to lift the lid off the cover.
  • Write down the last three (3) numbers printed on the meter cap.
  • Lift the cap and write down the four black and two red numbers on the meter from left to right just as you would on a car/ mileage odometer (see image to the right).
  • Lower the cap, and securely replace the metal cover.