Outside Water Use Meters / Well Meters

Reasons for Purchasing a Water Meter

  • Excess outside water use, i.e., excessive lawn watering or sprinkler system
  • Private well water

Purchasing

Meters may be purchased at the Department of Public Works Sewer Division office at:
7 Millbury Street
Auburn, MA 01501

The current price is $160. Please call the office at 508-832-7811 to make sure there are meters in stock if you are interested in purchasing one through the Sewer Division.

Installation Guidelines

A licensed plumber of your choice and expense must install the meter. It is the plumber’s responsibility to apply for a plumbing permit. After installation, the meter must be inspected by Mr. Kevin Ouellette, the Plumbing Inspector for the Town. His telephone number is 508-754-7291.

At the time of purchase, you will be given a “Record of Installation of Water Meter” form. This form must be completed by the plumber, signed by the Plumbing Inspector and returned to the Sewer Division office. We cannot start tracking your water usage until the signed form is returned back to us.

Meter Placement for Irrigation Systems/Outside Water Use

  • Irrigation systems are to be installed just before the area where the irrigation system is connected to the plumbing.
  • Multiple outside faucets are to be installed in a common line feeding the outside faucets only.
  • Single outside faucet are to be installed just before the outside faucet in an unconfined accessible area.
  • There may be a need to change plumbing to facilitate common feed line to multiple outside faucets and/or irrigation systems.

Meter Placement for Wells

The meter should be installed in the main feed line of the well or in an area to exclude outside water usage.