New digital water meter

Water Meters

How to Read Your Water Meter

Your home may be equipped with one of two models of water meters:  a rotating dial meter or a digital water meter.  

To view the numbers on the digital water meter, a direct light is required to activate the digital screen. With the use of a flashlight pointed directly on the screen, the screen will be activated and display the numbers of your current water consumption along with the instant flow going through the meter. 
If you have a dial meter (old meter), it shows the total consumption reading and if flow is occurring, the small red triangle located on the meter will be turning.

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Some key information: 

  • The average daily consumption per household (average of 3 people) within our Township is 167 m3 annually.  
  • 1 m3 = 1000 litres or 220 gallons of water. 

Water Meter Replacement

Water meters in the Village of Winchester are being replaced on an ongoing basis until they are all updated. The Township has retained the services of Glen Robinson & Sons Plumbing to carry out the replacements. If your water meter needs to be replaced, you will be contacted directly by the plumber. No action is needed on the part of the resident.

Make Repairs - Save Money! 

Leaks can be costly.  A continuous leak from a hole of ¼”, over a three-month period, wastes 4,475 cubic meters of water.  Most leaks are easy to find and to fix, at very little cost.

Leaking Fixtures

A toilet that continues to run after flushing, if the leak is large enough, can waste up to 200,000 liters of water in a single year!
Water softeners can also be a cause of high-water consumption due to backwash settings being too frequent or improper installation causing the bypass of water. 

How to Check for Leaks

First you will need to take a reading of your water meter.

  • Check if the toilet seeps: Lift the lid off the water tank, drop in some food colouring or brewed tea or instant coffee, and come back in 20 minutes (don't flush the toilet while you are waiting). If colour appears in the toilet bowl, it means that the rod-and-ball assembly or flapper needs adjustment or replacement. 
  • Check if any faucets leak/drip: Install a paper towel in the bottom of the sink under the faucet and wait. If you come back and the paper towel is wet, it is an indication that your faucet seal is broken, or the faucet is loose.
  • Take a reading before turning in for the night. Do not use water during the night and then take another reading in the morning before anyone uses water. The readings should be identical. This last suggestion could also be done during the day for a couple hours at multi-residential complexes as it would be difficult to enforce at night.

Helpful Tips

  1. Lawn and Garden: Keep your grass three inches long (7.5 cm) and it will shade its own roots from the scorching sun and choke out those pesky weeds and dandelions. It also holds moisture better, and in turn reducing watering needs. Water your lawn and garden in the evening to minimize evaporation.
  2. Rain Barrels: Install rain barrels! It can help you lower your summer water use and reduce the load on sewers and watercourses. Rainwater is great for indoor and outdoor plants. Untreated, it is soft, free of calcium, lime and chlorine. 
  3. Bathroom: Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth. Running water wastes about 19 litres a minute. Shorten your shower by 1 to 2 minutes, you will save up to 550 litres per month.

Did You Know?

Reduced water use can help save electricity. Electricity is required to process and distribute water; so, when less water is consumed, less electricity is used as well.

For more information, please visit the Environment and Natural Resources website. 

For more tips on water conservations, please visit the Water Use it Wisely website.

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