Water meter

FireInTheWire

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Of course, as far as equal split, you would need to know everybody's individual use.
But, you already realize this.
Yeah man, we have a good thing going and I'm not really wanting to rock the boat. It's not too expensive. I won't use it to nickle and dime anyone. I would like to just track our usage. That's all....
 

FireInTheWire

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FireInTheWire

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Thought I'd update this. I went this route. It seems to be quality. I'll update again after a few months of use. Planning on getting it installed this weekend.
 

Ozzman

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Aug 17, 2015
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El Paso, Texas
I'm currently tapped into mainline feeding 3 other folks besides me. I wanna get a water meter installed on my line going to the house so I can start documenting my monthly usage.
This sounds highly suspect... Can I ask who is the main person on the account? Also, does the water utility know what is going on because if this is an apartment complex, strip mall, or duplex this is not the way it should be set up?

IMO, the plan is not worth the effort. It is better to call the water department and let them know you want your own meter and your own account. A big caveat though, if the connection is illegal there may be consequences.

The fees to do this work right will be about the same to install your own meter on the line. Secondly, who is going to do the work for you? Secured (legal) water connections at the main require a signed and sealed drawing asserting that proper connections (to code) were made, utility easements are properly identified, compaction of the soil of 95 to 98% was made and done to the satisfaction of the utility and at the proper lifts. Make sure that you are not digging up the connection near an easement that does not belong to you. The moment you decide to dig the work becomes 100% yours and if you make any mistakes and/or the work is not up to code they will disconnect you it will cost you double or triple to get it fixed. Also, if you tap into the main incorrectly you can have a real mess on your hands because you don't have the means to shut off the main. The list goes on, but finally, if any leaks develop in the future, you will be responsible for the work because you made the connection.

Leave the work and the responsibility to get it done right to the water company. Any leaks that develop at the connection will be on them, and of course, anything on your property is on you.
 

FireInTheWire

Hold my beer....
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This sounds highly suspect... Can I ask who is the main person on the account? Also, does the water utility know what is going on because if this is an apartment complex, strip mall, or duplex this is not the way it should be set up?

IMO, the plan is not worth the effort. It is better to call the water department and let them know you want your own meter and your own account. A big caveat though, if the connection is illegal there may be consequences.

The fees to do this work right will be about the same to install your own meter on the line. Secondly, who is going to do the work for you? Secured (legal) water connections at the main require a signed and sealed drawing asserting that proper connections (to code) were made, utility easements are properly identified, compaction of the soil of 95 to 98% was made and done to the satisfaction of the utility and at the proper lifts. Make sure that you are not digging up the connection near an easement that does not belong to you. The moment you decide to dig the work becomes 100% yours and if you make any mistakes and/or the work is not up to code they will disconnect you it will cost you double or triple to get it fixed. Also, if you tap into the main incorrectly you can have a real mess on your hands because you don't have the means to shut off the main. The list goes on, but finally, if any leaks develop in the future, you will be responsible for the work because you made the connection.

Leave the work and the responsibility to get it done right to the water company. Any leaks that develop at the connection will be on them, and of course, anything on your property is on you.
I appreciate the info OZ.

We have a unusual setup. The utility stops at the main gate to the ranch entrance. Their meter is there. Everything past is ours.
 

Ozzman

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Aug 17, 2015
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El Paso, Texas
It sure sounds like it. If this is all on the level, you can install an above-ground meter in your utility cabinet (where your 3/4" line comes in from the outside) and of course after your shutoff valve in your garage. This way you can shut off the water from the inside if any leaks occur during installation or in the future. If you want accurate readings from month to month, don't go for a cheap one. Use a Rainbird or Toro brand meter.
 

TexasRedneck

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Rainbird/Toro....neither make their own - they're private labeled. The Neptune unit referenced earlier is pretty good - but IMO, the Badger meters are the Gold Standard. They cost a bit more, but I've seen them run 20+ years trouble-free. AAMOF, there's some out there that I installed back in the early 80's that are still accurately recording.

For whatever reason, the Amazon link I'm posting won't show up - but search
Badger Meter RD-T-5 Recordall Water Meter - 3/4 Polymer

Amazon product
 
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