LOCATE YOUR 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 black or green box with a lid. Remove the lid. (It is not unusual for the meter box to be filled with 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 CVWD customer service representative at (360) 599-1699, to obtain your meter number.
Your register will show a number; most commonly the meter will have six digits that rotate. The last two digits on the right may be a different color than the others. Plus a 0 in blue which does not move (see meter image below). Write down all the numbers, reading the meter from LEFT TO RIGHT (e.g. 0533960). 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 gallons. For example, if the starting number was 0533960 and the new number is 0537460, you have used 3,500 gallons of water.
To determine your consumption in 1000 gallons (we bill per 1000 gallon blocks), Subtract 500 gallons (included in basic charge) from total consumption, divide the number of remaining gallons consumed by 1000. Round up to nearest thousand. This is the unit number billed.
0537460 - 0533960 = 3,500
3500 - 500 = 3,000
3000 / 1000 = 3 units
3 X 1.25 = $3.75 Consumption Charges