How to Connect the Property Side of a Water Line to a Meter

Common water connection
Common water connection (Image: water meter image by jimcox40 from

Connecting the property side of a water line to a meter requires a few basic plumbing skills and a few basic tools. It also requires an attention to detail when making that connection. Improper connections can cause leaks and damage to the meter or even to the water line. These conditions can lead to costly repair and water bills. It is a good idea to check with the local governing water authority before any connection is made.

Things You'll Need

  • Pipe wrench
  • PVC connector
  • Teflon tape
  • Shovel

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Meter Connection

Using the shovel, carefully uncover the property side of the water meter. Make sure you have plenty of room to work around the meter.

With the pipe wrench, remove the cap or existing pipe from the water meter. Make sure dirt and debris do not get into the exposed end of the meter.

Wrap the Teflon tape around the male end of the PVC connector. Screw the connector into the meter hand tight, then tighten the connector until snug with the pipe wrench. The connector is now ready to receive the connecting pipe.


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