# What is a cubic meter of water?

A cubic meter (m3) of water is the equivalent to 1000 liters of water.

1m3 = 1000 liters

The cubic meter is the measurement unit used by the water suppliers to calculate the water cost based on an agreed cost per cubic meter.

## How to read a water meter

Most of the houses have a water meter which measures the amount of water being consumed.

If you are able to understand the value displayed by the meter you can calculate the water cost by yourself.

As an example, the water meter below is showing a water consumption of 1,214 cubic meters (m3) which is the equivalent to 1214 liters.

1,214 cubic meters x 2 euro per cubic meter = 2,5 euro (approx.)

Note tat for this calculation we have used the average water cost per cubic meter in Germany, which is 2 euro. Depending on where you live, the water cost can be higher or lower.

## Water calculator

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

The calculator below can be used to estimate the water cost per year based on an average daily consumption.

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

## Water measurement units

As we are using litres as default measurement unit on this page, we have made available some conversion calculators so people from other countries can easily transform litres to other measurement units.

## 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 on your water bills.

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

Now, at individual level it may not look worth to try to save a few litres or gallons here or there.

Still, every little counts 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 euro per cubic meter of water, we would be saving nearly 33,000 euro per year!

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

### Proven ways to save water at home

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

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