How to Read Your Water Meter

As a homeowner, there are several reasons why it is helpful to be able to locate and read your water meter. First, you can determine just how much water you use in a day. As an example, by reading your meter at the beginning and the end of a day you can compare the two reads and tell how much water you and your family used that day.

Another helpful tool in understanding your meter reading is to detect leaks early. If you turn off all faucets and any equipment that uses water in your home, look at your meter and the leak indicator or low flow indicator is still turning, then you have a leak somewhere. The speed at which the indicator is turning determines how large the leak is. Here are some tips to help you find and read your water meter.

Your water meter is generally located near the curb in front of your home close to the sidewalk. For a corner lot it may be on the side of your home. Water meters are typically housed in a concrete or plastic box that may be marked “water” (as shown in the above photo). Carefully remove the lid by using a tool such as a large screwdriver or pliers. Look out for “creepy crawlies” that may be using your meter box as their home!

The picture above shows the water meter face and how to read the meter register. For specific information on rates, billing information and FAQ’s call EDP at 832-467-1599 or visit EDP’s website at:

The FAQ page has great information!

Preparing for the Future: Delivering Water from New Sources

As the North Fort Bend Water Authority (NFBWA) continues the transition from groundwater (water from sources such as aquifers) to surface water (sources such as rivers and lakes), the NFBWA is looking to the future to ensure the area’s growing population has the water it needs now and for tomorrow.

This is a new addition to the water supply system that provides the water to our sub-division and is necessary to meet the growing demands for surface water provided to Fort Bend County. Read more…

North Fort Bend Water Authority

The drinking water for Waterside Estates MUD 118 is now provided by the North Fort Bend Water Authority via pipe lines connecting us with lakes north of Houston. This was mandated due to the severe subsidence created in the Houston metropolitan area. Well water can only be used if adequate surface water is not available.

The primary reason was to facilitate compliance with the Fort Bend Subsidence District’s groundwater reduction mandates by creating a viable single entity to acquire, develop and deliver a long term supply of potable surface water to water users within the Authority’s boundaries. The mandates are outlined in the Subsidence District’s 2003 Regulatory Plan, and are intended to wean the area off its dependence on groundwater in a phased reduction plan, to minimize the risk of future subsidence, and to enable the aquifers that serve the region to recharge.

In addition, Fort Bend County has monitored the water supply issue since the late 1980’s through the Fort Bend County Surface Water Supply Corporation. The Corporation completed a detailed study in 2002 which concluded that rapid population growth in Fort Bend County combined with the Subsidence District’s groundwater reduction requirements will likely cause water shortages in the County as early as 2014.

Fort Bend County is trying to avoid the problems with subsidence and water supply that portions of Galveston and Harris Counties have suffered.