Your bill is based on how much water passes through your meter, which is read monthly. Since the movement of water is the only source of energy the meter has, anytime you see a hand moving on the meter, it definitely means there is water moving through it. Some causes for high bills are: size of household, size of home or yard, and more days between readings. We strive very hard to read every 25 to 35 days. Another reason for a high bill is a leak. If you discover a leak, there are procedures set up to help with the large bill. Please see question Number 10.