Water Meters

Meter Reading

The City of Mayer has an automatic meter reading system using radio-head technology. This technology enables the City to provide better service to residents by reducing manpower, improving operating efficiency, and upgrading our customer service ability. The meters limit the need to access your property, provide a more accurate reading and timely billing. 


The meters that the City uses are Sensus iPERL meters. Get to know your meter!

iPerl Meter Display

1. There are nine (9) digits/bars on the Sensus iPERL meter at the top of the display. 

2. The last two (2) digits, right of the decimal, read in 10's and 100's. The numbers to the left of the decimal read the amount of water that has gone through the meter. 

3. Unit of Measure - the City of Mayer reads in gallons. 

4. To check for leaks, use the Flow Direction/Empty Pipe indicator. If there is a plus sign (+) in the middle of the circle, water is passing through the meter. 

5. Battery life indicator. 


Find Your Daily Usage - 

The face of your meter looks something like a car's odometer, and most water meters either have a dial or a digital display. 

To get your usage, read the meter and write down your meter reading. The next day, do the same thing and subtract the numbers to find your daily usage. 


How to check for leaks - 

Water leaks can be very costly and can cause property damage. Leaks can also lead to very large water bills. 

If you suspect you have a leak, take the following steps:

1. Write down the current meter reading. 

2. Turn off all water fixtures and appliances. 

3. Write down the reading again on the meter after everything is turned off. 

4. Wait approximately 15 minutes. 

5. Look at the flow meter indicator. Does the plus (+) disappear or remain?

a. If the (+) sign disappears then the flow of water through the meter has stopped. 

b. If the (+) sign remains, then a fixture in your home is still using water or you have a leak in your service line  between the meter and your home.


I think I have a leak - What could it be?

If you think you have a leak, the most likely culprit is a toilet that is running. A faulty flapper on the toilet can cost you a lot money. 

Other places to look for leak include the base of your water heater, faucets with faulty washers and even your ice maker. 

The issue could also be a leaking underground pipe which can be distinguishable by a patch of green that is noticeably greener than the rest of the lawn. 


For more information, contact the Public Works Department at 952-657-1502.