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Your Water Meter



Most water meters are in the Right-of-Way at the edge of the road near the property line. The meter will be in a ground level cement box with a lid. Remove the lid. (It is not unusual for the meter box to be filled with water or dirt.) Flip up the plastic cap on top of the meter in the box to expose the register. If there is more than one meter box, find the meter number on the cap that matches the meter number that appears on your water bill. If you do not have a copy of your bill or cannot locate your meter, call an AWWD customer service representative at 425-787-0220 (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) to obtain your meter number.



Your register will show a number; most commonly the meter will have six digits. The last two digits on the right may be a different color than the others (see meter image to the right). Write down all the numbers, reading the meter from LEFT TO RIGHT (e.g. 008836). This is your starting point.  The next time you read your meter, repeat the process. To determine the amount of water you have used, subtract the starting number from the new number. The resulting amount is your consumption, measured in cubic feet.  For example, if the starting number was 008836 and the new number is 010836, you have used 2,000 cubic feet of water. To determine your consumption in 100 cubic feet (we bill per 100 cubic feet), divide the number of cubic feet consumed by 100. (or drop off the last two digits)


            010836 - 008836 = 2,000 cubic feet

                2,000/100= 20 consumptions    


Water Meter Box Access

Property owners must maintain a clear area around and above water meter boxes as well as maintain a clear and accessible path to District meters as outlined below:

·         A minimum of one foot clearance around the edge of the meter box and three feet clearance above the meter are required.

ยท         Any ground cover either around the meter box or in the access pathway shall not be greater than two inches high.