Water Tips

How to Read Your Meter


  • 1 revolution of the large red needle on the dial is one cubic foot.
  • 100 revolutions on the meter dial indicate 100 cubic feet. This is considered as one unit on our water bill. Water and sewer is charged at $7.78 per unit or per 100 cubic feet.

Conversions


  • 1 cubic foot equals 7.5 gallons
  • 100 cubic feet equals 750 gallons
  • 100 cubic feet equals 1 unit on your water bill
Lawn Maintenance Tips
  • Water thoroughly, but not to often, about 1 inch per week.
  • Use short on/off sprinkler cycles. This allows your lawn time to absorb water.
  • Water early in the morning to reduce evaporation.
  • Please water lawn only, not the pavement.
  • Do not water in rainy or windy weather.
  • Keep your grass 1-3 inches long. Grass this length will shade the roots, requiring less water and mowing and allows the root system to become deeper and more efficient.
  • View our flyer (PDF) for more information
Water Meter
The small red dial in motion indicates water movement through meter. This is a helpful tool when checking your system for leaks.

Metering Outdoor Water Usage


The Department does not provide separate meters for lawn irrigation and outdoor water use. Instead, we provide a 40-unit break for sewage cost on your bill. Any usage on your water bill over 40 units will be charged for water only.


Save Water & Money


There are many ways to conserve water. You should watch for leaks in your home system. These leaks can add to as much as a dollar per day and hundreds of dollars per year to your water bill. Leaky faucets, faulty toilets, over watering of lawns and faulty water activated sump pumps are some examples of fixtures that can produce exorbitant bills. If you think you have a leak in your home, you should find the leak as quickly as possible and contact a plumbing agency to have the leak repaired. Macomb Township cannot adjust your water bill for water that was wasted by water leaks. Knowing how to read your water meter is important. This will tell you exactly the amount of water you use.