Water Meter Reader

  • 001943

SUMMARY: Under close supervision, reads meters and records readings and usage levels in computerized hand held device for assigned routes. Inspects meters, meter boxes and connections to determine maintenance requirements; generates work orders necessary for maintenance through hand held device. Cleans meter boxes and replaces meter box lids; may perform related duties as assigned.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (Essential functions, as defined under the American with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge skills, and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of the class.)

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (which are not in any hierarchical order)
  • Reads and records meter readings to assess usage levels and enter data into hand held computerized device.
  • Maintains accurate reading review to assure accurate user billings.
  • Inspects meter, boxes and connections for any damage or maintenance requirements; records maintenance work order requests into hand held device.
  • Reviews assigned route and secures all meter readings before route is turned in as completed.
  • Interacts with customers regarding meter related problems.
  • Cleans meter boxes and replaces meter box lids.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.


  • Knowledge of geographical layout and street locations of service areas
  • Knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions
  • Skill in reading and general mathematical computations
  • Skill in reading street maps, street signs, and meters accurately and entering information in a computer device correctly
  • Skill in following safety practices and recognizing safety hazards
  • Skill in human relations and communicating effectively with customers
  • Skill in both verbal and written communications
  • Skill in following written and oral instructions
  • Ability to locate meters by distinguishing directions (north, south, east, west) from abbreviated meter locations
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work involves heavy physical activity in an outdoor setting with exposure to insects, dogs, snakes and other hazards. There is frequent need to walk, sit, talk, hear, use hands and fingers, stoop, kneel, crouch, climb, balance, crawl and perform other similar actions during the course of the workday. Position requires more than an occasional need to lift heavy objects (up to 50 pounds). This position also requires the use of City vehicles on City business. Individuals must be physically capable of operating vehicle safely and have an acceptable driving history. The City of West Palm Beach promotes a drug/alcohol free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment drug testing.

MINIMUM QUALIFCATION: High School diploma or GED and one (1) year experience in a related field, or any equivalent combination of training and experience. A valid Florida’s driver’s license is required.

Last Revision date: October 2001
Overtime: Yes
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