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Water meters in Calgary

Water meters play an important role in conserving water and saving money on your water utility statement. Nearly all Calgary homes have water meters installed as part of theWater Utility Bylaw 40M2006.

If you need to disconnect your water service, please visit Water Interruptions and Disconnections.

How does a water meter work?

A water meter is a mechanical device that is connected to your water connection and only registers consumption when water is being used, such as a tap being turned on or a toilet being flushed. There are no electric components inside a water meter.

For an explanation of how a water meter works, watch the Mechanics of Water Meter video.

Meters are installed just above the main water shut-off valve in your home. This is usually in the basement and is located on a pipe that comes out of your basement floor. Most water meters have a transmitter that is remotely read for billing purposes. Watch a short video on water meter replacement, testing and accuracy.

To learn which type of meter you have and how to read it, visit How to Read Your Water Meter.

How to have a water meter installed

Having a water meter installed is simple. Both the meter and installation are free of charge. For details on requesting a water meter, visit Water Meter Installations.

Why install a water meter?

Water meters make good sense. With a water meter, you only pay for the water you use. And you can also track your usage, which makes it easier to conserve water. To learn more about how much water the average household uses, visit Water Rates.

A water meter can also help you detect leaks. If you detect a water leak or your bill is higher than expected, use thehigh water consumption checklist and see our tips for basic water leak repairs.