Water Meter Reading
Watch for Your Water Meter Reader
Water meter readers will be visiting homes from May 8 until the end of August. Watch for them Monday to Friday between 2:30 p.m. and dusk.
Meter readers will:
- be dressed in dark blue pants or shorts
- wear a light blue striped shirt with a City of Winnipeg Water and Waste logo over the pocket
- wear photo identification
- carry a hand-held computer
For your safety, please check identification before allowing any meter reader into your home. When our staff call, please allow them to read your water meter. Regular readings prevent estimated bills and can alert you to costly plumbing leaks! For more information, contact us.
To avoid estimated bills and ensure you only pay for the water you use, it is your responsibility to give us a meter reading four times a year:
- Three times a year (from September to May), you'll receive a meter reading card in the mail.
- During the summer (from May to August), a water meter reader will take a reading. If the water meter reader is unable to take a reading, they'll leave a card with instructions on how to send in your reading.
To ensure an accurate quarterly water billing, follow these steps when it's time to read your water meter:
- Make sure you have your meter number. You can find it on your meter reading card.
- Locate your water meter. They are normally found in basements or crawl spaces.
- If your meter has a lid, lift it.
- When you read your meter, write down every number from left to right exactly as it appears on the "odometer style" display of your meter's dial. This includes all zeros at the beginning and the black number(s) at the end.
- Call 204-986-4445, our 24-hour automated water meter reading system. Recorded instructions will tell you how to enter your meter number and meter reading with the touch-tone buttons on your telephone.
- The system will ask you for your meter number followed by the number sign (#).
- The system will then ask you for your meter reading followed by the number sign (#).
- If you prefer to leave a voice message, or if you don't have a touch-tone phone, stay on the line until the system switches you to a voice recording.
Did you receive an estimated bill?
Contact us and provide us with:
- your meter reading
- the date of the reading
- your account number
- your service address
- the customer name
Read your water meter regularly -
or your money could go down the drain.
Regular meter readings can help you save money and avoid high bills by alerting you to unusual increases in the amount of water you use. They also assist in the early detection of costly water waste and plumbing leaks. Check your plumbing fixtures regularly and fix any dripping taps or faulty toilets.
|Leak size - equivalent to openings of:||1/16 inch||1/8 inch||1/4 inch|
|Cubic meters per day
1 cubic metre = 1,000 Litres
|Cost per day* (2013 rates)||$11*||$42*||$177*|
|Cost per bill (2013 rates)||$990||$3,780||$15,930|
*Note: Rounded to the nearest whole number
You need to give us an initial or final meter reading when you're moving into or out of a residence.
Your water meter
- Meters must be accessible at all times so they can be readily examined, read or replaced by our staff.
- Water meters come to us from various companies with preset register positions. Depending on your plumbing layout, this preset design may give you an upside down or backwards view of the register numbers.
- Most residential (5/8", 3/4" or 1-inch) meters can be adjusted for convenient reading.
- If possible, we may adjust the meter at no cost to you. In cases where it is not possible, a plumbing change at your expense may be the only solution.
- You should never attempt to adjust a meter. Doing this may cause leaks or serious damage to the meter.
Contact us for more information or if you have questions.
Last updated: May 7, 2013