How it works
Reading your meter
Monitoring your usage
Frequently Asked Questions
You can determine trends in water consumption by monitoring your water meter. For instance, if your home changes in a way that can affect how much water is supplied – e.g. new fixture or another family member - you can track consumption manually.
To calculate how much water is being supplied, locate your water meter. Water meters are located in the basement of most homes. For homes without a basement, the water meter can be found in the crawl space or main floor. The meter is adjacent to the man shut-off valve of your home. If you are unable to locate your water meter, contact the Region of Peel.
Once located, pick a starting point on your water meter and take note of the reading, the time and the date. Then, take another reading at a later time. Calculate the difference between the two readings to determine the amount of water supplied. For example:
Two black wheel water meter (measures to the nearest hundredth of a cubic metre)
Aug. 5, 3:30 p.m. – 2125.37 cubic metres*
Aug. 15, 3:30 p.m. – 2128.54 cubic metres
Water supplied – 3.17 cubic metres
One black wheel water meter (measures to the nearest tenth of a cubic metre)
Aug. 5, 3:30 p.m. – 01253.7 cubic metres
Aug. 15, 3:30 p.m. – 01258.3 cubic metres
Water supplied – 4.6 cubic metres
* A cubic metre is equivalent to 1,000 litres, or 220 gallons, of water.
The average Canadian consumes 326 litres of water per day. In Peel, the average is 290 litres of water per day, and 10 cubic meters per month.