STEP 1 Locate your meter box, generally found towards the front of a property, near the street. The box is typically in a direct line with the main outside faucet. Remove the lid by using a tool such as a large screwdriver. Insert the tool into one of the holes and pry the lid off.
STEP 2 Once you open the meter box lid, on the face of the meter, there is a digital display of numbers. Read the number display from left to right. The two smaller digits on the far right are tenths of a gallon and those numbers are not included in your reading. Meters measure water in gallons.