Leaks are a common cause of higher than expected water bills. Your water meter may be your most useful tool in identifying water leaks on your property. 

To check for leaks

1. Find your water meter. You water meter will look something like this:

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2. Water meters are usually located at the edge of your property near the street, the sidewalk at the front of your house, or near the side of your house. If you are unable to find your water meter yourself, call Soos Creek Water & Sewer District for assistance at 253-630-9900.

3. Locate the shut-off valve for your building. The shut-off valve can be indoors or outdoors. It may be in your garage, or in a closet inside your house. Some buildings may have more than one shut-off valve. If you don’t have a shut-off valve, we advise that you arrange for a plumber to install one.

4. Turn off all water faucets and appliances that use water.

5. Open the lid of your meter, read the numbers showing on your water meter and record your reading.


6. After 30 minutes, record another meter reading.

Compare your readings

Your 2 readings should be the same because no water should have been used.

  • If your meter has a small blue or red dial like the example, and the dial is moving while your faucets and appliances are turned off, you have a leak.

  • If the small blue or red dial is moving, close the building’s shut-off valve. If the dial stops moving, your leak is inside the building. Check for running toilets and faucets.

  • If the dial continues to move when the building’s shut-off valve is closed, you have an underground leak between the water meter and the shut-off valve.

  • If you believe you may have a leak after you've checked for one, please review the District’s Leak Adjustment webpage to check for eligibility requirements and next steps.