Water Meters

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  • Every property in Silverthorne has a water meter to measure the amount of water used.
  • All water used in the Town must be metered and the Town's water system must be protected by a backflow device at least appropriate for the degree of hazard present.  
  • The Town's Utility Department maintains the radio transmitter components on all the water meters in the Town. 


  • Water will find the path of least resistance. Small leaks are most common in toilets (flapper or fill ports) but can also come from the hot water heater release valve (T&P/Temp and Pressure relief valve), hot tubs, large aquarium with auto fill systems, irrigation systems, etc. Remember that even a small leak of a per minute can equate to 1,440 gallons a day or 43,200 gallons a month! That’s over $65 a month per leak!!
  • Shutoffs - Property and business owners should know how to shut off their water in an emergency.  There is a water meter where the water line enters the building which should have a shutoff valve on each side.  This is usually located in a mechanical room, boiler room or crawl space. Every property has a Curb Stop valve on the property line. Curb Stops are very critical to help stop leaks. Do you know where yours is?  Homeowner Responsibility/ Ownership
  • In the event of a water emergency, our utility crews rely on accurate contact information from property and business owners. Please keep us updated on home and cell phone numbers/email, caretaker's numbers/email by sending an email with these details to Chris Shelden at:  Please use your street address as the subject line. Your contact information will only be used to contact you, it is not shared. 

Meter Setup 


(Note: Water direction is vertical from the bottom)

Bulk Water

When permitted, please contact the department 24hrs in advance to establish a time and date for pick up. This is done by emailing the department at Please provide a project name, use of water, address and location of use, estimated amount of water to be used, and estimated duration of meter use.

Bulk water users are required to be trained and signed off on operating fire hydrants and connecting to our water system. This is done at the time of meter pickup. All crew members that will be operating the hydrant are required to attend training and sign a backflow agreement form. Please pick a time when the entire crew can be trained at the same time.

Drop Off

As with pick up, dropping off the water meter requires scheduling a time and date where department crews can be available to check in the meter, record usage, and inspect the meter assembly.

By borrowing a meter from the department you accept responsibility for:

  • Protecting the meter from damage, theft, freezing
  • Protecting the hydrant from damage, theft, freezing, debris, etc. Remember, only trained crews are allowed to operate hydrants in Town. 
  • Protecting the water system by only using the water for the approved applications and not tampering with any part of the system.                   


  • Hydrant meters/backflow are intended to be used on construction projects that will have a low contamination potential to the water system. The most common uses are filling water truck, dust control and aiding compaction. All water trucks being used are to have an approved air gap! (2x pipe size, 1" min) At no point can a hydrant and water meter be used in a situation that has a high degree of hazard, such as: connections with chemicals, sewage, applications that increase the psi like pressure sprayers, connections with non-potable water, etc. 
  • Charges - Meters are billed monthly at $50 per month and $8.50 per 1,000 gals. Additional charges will be applied for damage to the meter, hydrant or for missing equipment. One bulk meter assembly costs $1,165
  • Meters are checked out to a certain project at a specific address and specific user and cannot be used or moved in town without prior approval. In most cases changing locations means closing the account for one project and reestablishing it for the new one.
  • Sometimes hydrants “hammer” when first turning on. If this happens please close the hydrant and inform someone in the water department ASAP.
  • If at any time the meter or equipment is damaged or has become defective, please inform the Water Department ASAP.
  • The normal hours for the department are Monday – Friday 7am-3:30pm.
  • The meter must be returned in a good/ clean order.
  • Using this meter other than as specified is not allowed and might be illegal.
  • The water taken from the Town of Silverthorne must only be used within town limits.
  • This type of water meter has check valves. This can allow water to become trapped in the metering chamber. The meter needs to be protected from freezing to avoid damage and additional costs.
  • Only designated fire hydrants are to be used for bulk water.

Costs/Replacement Costs:

  • Meter $850
  • Fire Hose $150
  • Control Valve $95
  • Basket $40
  • Hydrant Wrench $30

Fire hydrants cost around $5,000 plus around $5,000 for installation. So, take care of them