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How to read a water meter

How to read a water meter

A water meter is a device that measures and records how much water is being consumed over time.

Every time that we use water at home, the amount of water being consumed is accounted for by the water meter, and the reading on the water meter is used by the water providers to invoice us for our water consumption.

Most of the households have a water meter and every so often someone is coming to get the readings. 

This is what most people know about water meters but for those with a little more knowledge and awareness the water meter can be a very useful tool to learn about our water consumption habits and find out ways to reduce our water consumption.

» Do you know how much water you are using every time you are having a shower?

» Do you know how many liters per minute your bathroom tap is consuming?

» Are you wasting water without knowing it?

If you want to learn how to read a water meter and decrease your water consumption, have a look at this video from the Youtube Effiworkx channel.

In this video where we are explaining not only how to read a water meter and what a cubic meter of water is but also how this knowledge can translate into reducing our water consumption.

How to read a water meter

Water calculator

For those who access the water meter, it is quite simple to figure out the daily water consumption and the total cost. 

The calculator below calculates the water cost per year based on average daily consumption.


For more useful calculators, have a look at our water consumption calculators page.

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Water tap
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Ways to conserve water

Water conservation can be defined as the decision and the act of using less water

Water conservation both benefit you and the environment

The act of saving and conserving water does benefit you because you will be paying less for your water bills. 

And it also does benefit the environment because conserving water prevents any unnecessary waste of natural resources.

Now, at the individual level, it may not look worth trying to save a few liters or gallons here or there. 

Still, every little count and if hundreds or thousands of us do save a little every time, it will make an important contribution towards conserving our natural resources.


For example, if 9000 households would manage to save as little as 5 liters of water per day:

> Collectively, we would be saving over 16,000,000 liters of water per year!

> Collectively, assuming a cost of 2 euros per cubic meter of water, we would be saving nearly 33,000 euros per year!

It is clear that small water savings do really count when looking into the bigger picture.

If you are looking for ideas to save water at home, have a look at this YouTube video where we show some useful tips to reduce water usage at home and decrease the water bill. 

Proven ways to save water at home

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