Residential water meters are generally located in the basement along the front wall of the house, but can sometimes be hidden by cabinets or enclosures built by homeowners. It is important that the water meter and adjoining shut-off valve be kept easily accessible at all times. Markham owns the water meter and is responsible for its maintenance and replacement.
Multi-residential, industrial and commercial properties have a bulk water meter and receive one common bill for the entire property. Meters are located either inside the building or outside within a meter chamber and must be kept accessible and free of obstacles.
Residential and commercial properties have an outside water-meter reading device called a remote-reader which enables the meter reader to obtain the water meter reading without entering the property. It is important that the remote-reader be kept accessible for regular meter reading.
Your water meter reads in cubic meters (m3), or 1000 litre units, and displays your total consumption to the nearest tenth of a cubic meter, similar to how the odometer in your car records kilometres driven. Every 0.1 cubic meter (100 litres) of water consumed causes the red sweep hand to make one complete revolution and the measured total to increase by 0.1 cubic meters, shown on the odometer. Tampering or any alterations to the water meter is prohibited under the City’s Water Meter By-law 2012-242.
Figure 1 - Typical Residential Water Meter
New Digital Water Meter
Markham started installing new digital water meters in early 2013. This new water meter provides a higher resolution reading and stores other operational information for future automated reading infrastructure. Your water bill is based on your water consumption. Knowing how to read your water meter will allow you to monitor your consumption and detect and repair water leaks, ultimately saving you money. If you have an older meter (measured in gallons) the same applies, however measurements will be in gallons instead of cubic meters.