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Find, read or move your water meter

Giving a water meter reading helps us to bill you more accurately. However, not all water meters are located in the same place. Find out where your water meter might be, how to read it, and what to do if you need to move your water meter.

Where to find your water meter

Your water meter could be located inside or outside your property. If you water meter is inside your home, it will probably be fitted on the water pipe as it enters your property. This is usually near the internal stop tap, which is often under the kitchen sink or in the downstairs toilet room.

If your water meter is outside, you'll most likely find it under a small metal or plastic cover in your driveway, garden or nearby footpath. This will be where your outside stop tap is.

How to read your water meter

If your meter is outside, you may need to lift the cover to access it. Underneath the cover there may be a foam or polystyrene disc. This protects your meter from frost, so make sure you replace it when you've finished.

To read your meter, you only need to make note the black numbers. Ignore the numbers in red.

The black numbers on the meter show the amount of cubic metres of water you have used. The red numbers record tenths and hundredths of a cubic metre. We charge for every cubic metre, so you only need to record the black numbers.

Sometimes outdoor meters can be difficult to access. For example, it may be located in the road, or the cover may be heavy. If this is the case for your meter, please do not attempt to access it. Instead contact us by calling 0345 7090 646.