If a meter reading card is left at your property or received by mail, this means that we were selfReadMeterDiagramunable to access your meter(s). You can assist us by reading your meters yourself and submitting the reading online.

How to Read Your Water Meter
Water meters have a reading just like the odometer in your car. Record all the numbers from your meter.

If you use the self read method, a meter reader must read your meters every six months to verify accuracy. You must provide access on the verify meter reading date as well as a few days before and after the date.

Save time by submitting your meter reading online

Fill in Your Meter Information

If you do not know the location your meter, contact our office so we can make arrangements to locate and show you how to read the meter. If you have any questions or need to make other arrangements for access please call our Customer Service Department at 483-2452.



6 Digit Meter


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Nearly all water meters currently in service in Carmichael Water District’s system have a similar variation of the dials shown. They not only look like an automobile odometer, they work like one too. One revolution of the sweep hand records one cubic foot of water (a cubic foot of water is 7.48 gallons). This single cubic foot of water is recorded on the right-most (black) tumbler, just like tenths of a mile on an odometer. From there the tumblers move in multiples of ten.

The charges for water on your Utility bill reference CCF. This is the acronym used to represent one hundred cubic feet of water.

Reading your water meter is similar to reading the odometer in your car. Read all the numbers from left to right. Do not include the numbers after the decimal point or the numbers with a black background.

Converting CCF to gallons

For billing purposes, CWD measures water consumption in hundred cubic feet (CCF) every 2 months. But you can easily calculate your usage in gallons.

There are 748 gallons in one hundred cubic feet. Multiply the number of CCF by 748 gallons to determine the number of gallons used.

The small red triangle is referred to as a low flow indicator. It’s standard on meters installed in the last 8 to 10 years. Its purpose is to show water flow that is too small to be seen by watching the sweep hand. Did you know that a dripping faucet can leak 3 gallons of water a day? Or that a 1/16 inch hole in a water pipe with 60 pounds of pressure will leak 24,000 gallons in a month?