Reading my Water Meter
Installation was quick and done at no cost by city staff and when it was complete it looked like this:
Electronic Reading Transmitter
Attached to the meter is a grey box called an ERT -- electronic reading transmitter -- made by iTron. This is used by the city to read the meter from the road.
The grey box has the following identifying marks on it:
FCC ID E096OW IC ID: 864D-60W 12/07/12 14 60W-R ELSTER AMCO PROTOCOL
Reading the Meter On-Site
The city has a helpful guide to reading the meter that contains this graphic:
After installation I took this photo of the meter:
The next morning, after flushing the toilet several times, having a shower (with a 1.6 gallon-per-minute showerhead newly installed) and brushing my teeth, I took another photo:
The first reading was approximately 2.47, the second was approximately 8.61, meaning the different was 6.14, or 61.4 litres of water consumed.
The city charges $0.844/cubic metre for water consumption. 61.4 litres is 0.0614 cubic metres, meaning that it cost me 5.2 cents for my morning wake-up water today.
Can I Read the Meter Digitally?
My project now is to figure out the most cost-effective way of doing this.