Water Meter Cost

Water meters are necessary to properly record the consumption of hot or cold water, and when they fail, recording a different water consumption or not recording at all, it is necessary to use a professional installer. The need for a specialist is important because the installation of water meters and their replacement must be done in complete safety.

How Much Does a Water Meter Cost?

The amount of money you are going to spend in order to install a water meter will be influenced by some factors such as the professional that will do the job, your geographical location, the size of the meter, and the type of installation. The expense, either billed to the consumer or the government, will start at around $430 only for replacing an existing water meter and can go up to more than $3,600 if the water meter has to be connected to a service line and the pavement will also have to be replaced. In these estimates, you get both the professional labor and the meter.

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In case the utility company allows you to replace the water meter on your own, you will have to spend only for the meter anywhere between $160 and $270, or around $510 if it is a digital water meter. These estimates are available only for the water meter and do not include the professional labor costs. In case your utility company will recommend you a certain model of water meter, then they will provide it to you free of charge.

In the table below you will get the average costs of different types of water meters.

Meter Size Average Price
2 inch
  • $3,800 when you replace the meter and a new connection needs to be made.
  • $900 when you replace the existing meter on an existing line.
1-1/2 inch
  • $3,300 when you replace the meter and a new connection needs to be made.
  • $750 when you replace the existing meter on an existing line.
1 inch
  • $3,000 when you replace the meter and a new connection needs to be made.
  • $550 when you replace the existing meter on an existing line.
3/4 inch
  • $2,800 when you replace the meter and a new connection needs to be made.
  • $500 when you replace the existing meter on an existing line.
5/8 inch
  • $2,800 when you replace the meter and a new connection needs to be made.
  • $500 when you replace the existing meter on an existing line.

As all the jobs are different and unique, take into consideration asking for multiple price offers from the contractors in your geographical area.

For example, in Tucson, Arizona you will have to pay around $400 to install a water meter of 5/9 inches on an existing line, while for a two-inch meter the costs are around $790. On the other hand, if the new meter installation has to be connected to a service line, the costs for a 5/8-inch meter will be around $2,400 and for a two-inch meter will be almost $3,500.

According to the official website of Angel Fire village from New Mexico, the water meter installation costs start at $1,600 for a 5/8-inch sealed register and go up to $12,400 for a compound meter. The meter costs, the equipment costs, the labor costs, and other expenses will be included in this price.

If you are living in the Washington D.C. area, you should be prepared to spend around $200 to install a smart meter in your house, while in California the cost of a smart meter would be around $320 per household.

What are the extra costs?

In general, before you can dig a supply line in order to connect to the water main and/or tap into the city’s water line, you will need a permit. There are contractors that may include these permit fees into their estimates, but there may be some that won’t so you will have to take into consideration these costs as well.

Important things to consider

Water Meter InstallationThe installation of the water meters is done only by qualified personnel in a relatively short time. The installer must also check the installation for any problems with the connections, which must be changed before mounting and sealing a water meter. In this case, the working time will increase significantly.

Sealing water meters is a mandatory measure that must be taken after each intervention on water meters such as checking, replacing or installing.

An authorized installer will hand over to the owner, at the end of any type of intervention on water meters, both installation, replacement, verification, and sealing, the necessary documents certifying that the work has been executed correctly.

The replacement of the water meters and the execution process proceeds as follows:

  • Removing the non-compliant water meter;
  • Installation of a new water meter;
  • Changing the gaskets;
  • Sealing the water meter;
  • Performing the hot and cold-water test;
  • Handing over the authorization and the replacement and sealing report.

The performance of water meters depends not only on the accuracy class but also on the way they were installed, replaced, checked, sealed and especially used.

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