Go To Search
GovernmentServicesBusinessCome Visit
Click to Home

Detect and Fix Leaks
This page can help you detect and fix leaks commonly found in your home.Your water meter is the first place to check for leaks on your property. It keeps track of how much water passes through it, and the readings determine the amount that you are billed for water usage. Your water meter can also be a valuable tool in determining whether or not you have any leaks.

Reading Your Water Meter:
  • In Rio Rancho, most water meters are located in the front yard. In the older subdivisions, the meter is under a round, plastic or metal lid. In the newer subdivisions, the meter is under a rectangular, gray fiberglass lid and you might share this meter box with your neighbor.Be careful when opening the lid to the meter:
    • There may be wires attached to the antenna.
    • Spiders or snakes may be residing in the meter can.

  • Rio Rancho meters read in gallons of water and they resemble a car odometer. Click the following link to see a Water Meter PDF.There is a flow indicator, also called a leak indicator, on the meter’s face. On older models the low/leak indicator looks like a triangle. On newer models the leak indicator looks like an asterisk (*).

How to Use Your Water Meter as a Leak Detector:
1. Turn off all water-using appliances, including your automatic ice maker and evaporative cooler.
2. Look to see if the flow/leak indicator is turning. If it is spinning, you have a leak.
3. If the flow indicator is not turning, record the reading on the water meter.
4. Wait thirty (30) minutes.
5. Record the new reading on your water meter. If the reading has changed, you have a leak.
6. NOTE: The water meter is the property of the City of Rio Rancho. If your water meter is leaking or if you suspect that the meter is not functioning properly, please call 891-5019.

How to Fix a Leak:

Separation Image.png


Department of Public Works   Streets & Right-of-Way Division   Utility Operations Division
2009 Road Improvement Bond   Dirt Road Maintenance   Backflow Prevention Program
Department of Public Works FAQ   Graffiti Reporting   Children's Water Festival
Department of Public Works Forms   Pavement Maintenance   Detect and Fix Leaks
    Road Sweeping   Domestic Well Program
Engineering Division   Snow Removal   Rebates
Capital Improvement Projects (CIP)   Weeds, Litter, and Drains Maintenance   Report a Water Leak
Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Right-of-Way Permit    
Water Use Audit Information
Design Criteria and Standard Details   Utility Services Division   Water/Wastewater Availability
Downloadable Maps   Apply for New Water/Wastewater Account   Water Waste Complaints
GIS Data Download   Bulk Fill Station   Watering Restrictions
Map Application Gallery   Change Water/Wastewter Account   Xeriscaping Information
Special Assessment District (SAD) Information   Pay Water/Wastwater Bill    
Traffic Update   Setup Automatic Bank Draft for Water/Wastewater Bill    
    Turn On Water at a Property    
Land Coordinator   Water Assistance Program    
Property Acquisition Process   Water, Wastwater, and Recycled Water Rates    

Adobe Disclaimer: Reading the PDF documents provided on this site requires the Adobe Acrobat Reader, available for free from Adobe.  Adobe, the Adobe logo, Acrobat, and the Acrobat logo are trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated.

Contact Us
Ruben Archuleta
Water Conservation Technician
Environmental Programs Section

3200 Civic Center Circle NE
Rio Rancho, NM 87124

Ph: 505-891-5031
Fx: 505-891-5201