What’s Inside Your Box?

Posted Tuesday, November 13, 2012

In residential areas, your water meter is usually, but not always, located between the sidewalk and the street, in your front yard area, or in the sidewalk.

badger_register.gifThe water meter box serves two functions. It allows both you and Skagit PUD to easily access the water meter and the shut-off valve. It also serves to protect the water meter.

In the last few years, Skagit PUD has replaced all of its manual-read water meters with an automatic meter reading (AMR) system. The AMR mobile system has a transmitter located at each meter that transmits water usage readings to a radio receiver when it is within range of the transmitted signal. When a meter technician drives within signal range, customer usage data is collected and then uploaded to our billing system. This method enables the PUD to perform the task of reading meters in a more efficient and cost-effective manner.

For ease of access, please remember to:

  • Keep items off of the meter box such as trash cans, potted plants, vehicles and debris.
  • Trim the grass around the meter box.
  • Keep shrubbery and other landscaping from obstructing clear access to the meter box.