Your water meter measures water usage at your property. We aim to read your water meter every 90 days for the purposes of billing water consumption. You can see the date your meter was read at the top of page two of your bill

Water meters are usually located on the nature strip outside your property; your water meter will be set in the ground in a blue or black box.

Please keep in mind that if you live in an apartment, unit or townhouse complex, you may not have individual meters for each residence.

If you need help locating your meter, please contact us.

There are many different kinds of water meters installed across our service regions.

Most water meters contain black and red numbers. Black numbers refer to the kilolitres* of water used and red numbers refer to the litres used.

Some water meters have dials as well as numbers. In this case, the black numbers refer to the kilolitres* of water used, and the red dials refer to the litres of water used.

Please be mindful of potential hazards when reading your water meter.

Your meter number is a unique serial number found on your water meter at the property location. This should match the number located at the top of page two of your bill. If this does not match please contact us.

*1 kilolitre = 1,000 litres

What happens when we can’t access your meter to take a reading
  • We'll estimate the water usage charges on your next bill based on previous usage at your property.
  • For landlords, this means you may miss the opportunity to pass on the actual cost of water usage to your tenants.
  • A leak may go undetected on your property, wasting precious water and money.

Just so you know, we require safe and unobstructed access to your water meter to obtain at least one actual reading within any twelve (12) month period

What you need to do

Ensure your water meter is clear of obstruction and accessible by our meter readers at all times. This is your responsibility under the Water Supply Act (Safety and Reliability) 2008. Please contact us if you're unable to meet this obligation. If the water meter remains inaccessible due to overgrowth or landscaping our crew may clear the area to ensure their safety.

Provide us with an actual meter reading. Please email your self-read to meterreadings@urbanutilities.com.au and include:

  • your customer reference number
  • the meter reading
  • the date the reading was taken, and
  • if possible, a photo of the meter dials

See the 'How to read your meter' tab to find out how. 

Keep your meter accessible
  • Keep vegetation and surrounding plants trimmed
  • Clear excess sand and mulch
  • Ensure that landscaping such as paving, turf and decking are not covering the meter
  • Apply for a meter relocation if necessary (fees may apply)

Leaks from pipes, plumbing fixtures and fittings can occur in any property, at any time, regardless of its age, location or construction method. They can occur in new homes, old homes, outside, inside, above or under the ground.

You should read your water meter regularly to monitor your usage and to help identify leaks either at the water meter or on your property.

Find out how to check for leaks on your property