Pecan Valley Rural Water District reads your meter in the last week of each month in order to get your new bill to you on or near the 1st of the month. Billing each month is for the previous month's water usage.
You never have to read your own meter. However, if you want to double check something when you receive your bill, here is the procedure.
STEP 1 Locate your meter box, generally found towards the front of a property, near the street. The box is typically close to the street near the property line between you and your neighbor. It is housed in a plastic box with either a round or rectangular lid. Remove the lid by using a tool such as a large screwdriver. Insert the tool into one of the holes and pry the lid off.
STEP 2 Once you open the meter box lid, lift the protective cap on the meter. On the face of the meter, there is a large dial and a display of numbers. For the residential meter, each rotation of the dial measures 10 gallons. Read the number display from left to right, not including the stationary zero. This is your meter reading. Meters measure water in gallons and each time the digit changes that is 10 gallons. The water rate is by the 1,000 gallons. Compare the reading to what your bill states as your current or present reading.
STEP 3 Keep in mind that you might be checking your meter on a date different from the one used for billing. This could result in a difference in the amount you find, compared with the amount on which your bill is based. However, if your reading is considerably higher than what is on your bill, check for a leak or try to determine the source of large water use. If your reading is significantly lower than the reading on your bill, please CONTACT US and let us assist you in determining the problem.