How do I read my water meter?

In Rio Rancho, most water meters are located in the front yard. In the older subdivisions, the meter is under a round, plastic or metal lid.In the newer subdivisions, the meter is under a rectangular, gray fiberglass lid and you might share this meter box with your neighbor. However, you do not share the meter itself. Please be careful when opening the lid to the meter. There may be wires attached to the antenna; or spiders, or snakes may be residing in the meter can.

Rio Rancho meters read in gallons of water and they resemble a car odometer. The numbers listed below the word “Gallons” are in thousands of gallons that you have used since the meter has been installed. You will read the meter from left to right. See a picture of a Water MeterPDF. You can also use your meter as a leak detector. To find out how to do this please visit our Detect and Fix Leaks page.

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1. How do I read my water meter?
2. How do I apply for City water?
3. How do I add someone to my water account?
4. How do I get my water turned back on?
5. How do I sign up for an Automatic Bank Draft?
6. Is there anything I need to do when my new tenants take over the water bill?
7. How do I close my water account?
8. How can I reduce my high water bills?
9. What is a Winter Quarter Average (WQA) and how is it calculated?
10. Why does the City use the December, January, and February billing cycles for the Winter Quarter Average (WQA)?
11. What if I just moved and do not have a December, January, or February billing cycle for the Winter Quarter Average (WQA)?
12. When does the Winter Quarter Average (WQA) take effect on my bill?
13. How do I get a lower Winter Quarter Average (WQA)?