Day 2: Today, I'm going to educate you.



May 2, 2013 Topic of the Day
Educate us on something you know a lot about or are good at.


Ok so this is an odd post topic for me. I feel like I don’t really know many things about anything. I mean, I’m not stupid, but I’m not an overall expert at most topics. I suck at cooking, I pretend to be good at crafting {thanks Pinterest}, I don’t exercise, and I was a business management major in college {broad and boring}. So today I’m going to tell you about water meters.

What?!

Yes, water meters. WTF is a water meter, you ask?

It’s that little cash register that sits under a box in your sidewalk {or sometimes in your basement} that tells your city how much water you’ve used so they can send you a big fat bill every month {hopefully not after you read this post}. Sometimes it has technology attached to it, sometimes the city reads it manually.

Why am I telling you this? Because this is really the only thing I can claim to know a lot about. I'd also like to think I'm pretty good at it. I’ve worked for a company who sells water meters to cities and municipalities for about 8 years now. Water is an incredibly precious resource and we provide tools to help promote water conservation. Tools that no one really thinks about. I don’t blame you.

Q: How would you know if you had a leak? For example, say you were in your backyard with a shovel digging a ditch one day and hit a sprinkler head {that happened to us this weekend}, how long would it take for you to find out that your money was just getting poured down the drain? 

A: Right away, you say? Because you'll see water spewing skyward if there is a leak? 

WRONG. Not all leaks surface. In fact, it is very likely that you won't find out about that leak until your next water bill comes. Boy, that bill is going to be expensive. And the worst part? The city that you live in probably* has the technology to detect it within the first few days. They probably aren't going to tell you that though because, as I described above, their cash register is flowing as every drip of water spews out of your sprinkler undetected.  

Trust me, there is a point to this... 

I'm here to tell you that your water meter isn't just installed for the sake of your local public works department. IT COULD SAVE YOU A TON OF MONEY. 

Here is the solution: Be proactive. Check for leaks by turning off all of the water sources on your property. Then walk over to your meter and see if anything on the dial is moving. If it isn't, then you should be in good shape {Should is italicized because some leaks are too small for even the meter to pick up. Luckily those probably won't break the bank until they get bigger.} Some meters even offer an extra feature called the leak detection indicator, which catches even a lower flow than the dial can pick up. If that's spinning and you know your water is off, then something is wrong. DO NOT wait for your bill to show up to take action. 

*Not all cities and municipalities have this type of technology. It is also possible that you live in a city who bills on a flat-rate structure, which means you can waste as much water as you want without it costing you an additional penny. If that's the case, please be good to the environment and don't do that.

I can't believe I just wrote a whole blog post about water meters. I promise not to do this ever again!

4 comments:

  1. I thought it was a great post. I never knew all that. I knew about the water meter, and I think I know where ours is, but I never thought about using it to detect leaks. Thank you!

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  2. Thanks. This was very informative and a very creative "thing you know a lot about."

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  3. We've learned about leaky pipes and water meters! Imagine this scenario: two old homes, separate properties, two homeowners, one meter. True story. And it took a year to convince our neighbor the water bill was her problem. It's fixed now! Everyone needs to understand this.
    one sweet tuesday.

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  4. Ok, well you know I think this is a great post, and I can absolutely attest that you know a lot about water meters, because I order OURS from YOU, lol! When I saw your link I laughed, then came over, and learned something, thanks!! Mission accomplished, well done!

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Thank you for stopping by, I love hearing your comments! xo.xo. Hilary