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Checking for Meter Leaks

You may have a meter leak if standing water is in your water meter box. Consistently saturated soil, standing water and water flow from the water meter are signs of a possible leak at your water meter. PDF icon View a diagram to help locate your water meter.

1. Is the water leak consistent or intermittent?

  • Consistent flow of water - it may be a water meter leak.
  • Intermittent - it may be due to some nearby irrigation run-off or a construction project. Check your property and around the neighborhood for potential sources of water.

2. Locate your water meter outside of your property.
Water meter coverView the PDF icon water meter diagram.

  • Private property side - If the leak is on the property owner's side of the meter, it is the property owner's responsibility to repair the leak. You may need to hire a certified plumber.
  • City of San Diego side - If the leak is on the City's side of the meter, a City crew will repair the leak. To report a leak or if you need assistance with determining the source of a leak, call the Water Emergency Hotline at 619-515-3525.