The Lawrenceburg Utility Systems Water Department provides clean water to the City of Lawrenceburg and certain surrounding areas, as well as providing water to neighboring water districts within Lawrence County. LUS maintains almost 300 miles of distribution lines and directly serves 7,500 customers.
While LUS treats all of the water that enters our system, there are potential hazards in every home that threaten to contaminate our drinking water. Click below to learn about cross connections and backflows and the potential hazards they present.
Your water meter is normally found at the property line in your front yard. All LUS water meters include a valve so the water supply can be shut off from the outside before it enters the meter. This shut off valve is located on top of the meter. The shut off valve has a raised indicator to show the position of the valve. If the raised portion of the valve is in-line with the pipe, the valve is in the open position and water can flow through the meter. If the valve is perpendicular to the piping, the valve in closed and water can no longer flow through the meter.
A ‘clock-like’ face with an analog indicator that spins when water passes through the meter. This type of meter has a dial with a sweep hand which measures water usage in gallons. One complete revolution equals ten gallons of water used. The odometer-type register in the middle of the dial registers the hundreds of gallons used.
A digital AMI meter that displays the reading on a digital face. This display is in hundreds of gallons.
To read the analog meter, record the numbers from the odometer-type register. Since the odometer registers in hundreds of gallons you do not record the last two numbers. (The last number is a permanent number and the next dial registers tenths.) The remaining dials register the actual (in hundreds) water used. The above pictured meter reads 45679.
On the digital meters, you drop two (2) whole numbers, plus the two (2) decimals. The above pictured meter reads 933.
On the analog meter you will also see a small triangle or star shaped device on the face of the dial, this is the leak indicator for the meter. The digital meters have a leak detector that is a plus sign (+) that will illuminate on the face of the meter.
To have your underground utilities marked, simply call 811 or 1-800-351-1111 or you can open an online ticket at tenn811.com. Calling is required by law. If you dig without calling and damage any utility lines, fines can be assessed, and any associated repair costs will be billed to you.
This step only covers public owned underground utility lines and will not cover private utility lines such as water and sewer lines that run from your meter to your house. Other types not covered include but not limited to invisible fencing, decorative outdoor lighting, and irrigation lines.