Commercial & Industrial Irrigation Water Meters

commercial irrigation water meter in the ground

Commercial Water Meters

What Is a Commercial Water Meter?

A commercial water meter measures the volume of water used by commercial buildings that receive water from the public water supply. They can be used to determine the flow rate of a particular part of a water system. These meters display rate-of-flow and total volume of water used.

Sizes of Irrigation Meters

Like domestic/fire meters, irrigation meters are classified as small and large.

Small Commercial Water Meter Sizes

5/8 inch 1 inch 1 1/2 inch
2 inch    

Large Commercial Water Meter Sizes

3 inch 4 inch 6 inch
10 inch 12 inch  


Common Applications for a Commercial Water Meter

Commercial irrigation water meters are frequently used to reduce water/sewer charges. Specifically, customers are not charged for sewer service on water used for (and metered specifically for) irrigation purposes.

Large irrigation meters are used almost exclusively for athletic fields or other spaces requiring very large water quantities. Very few commercial entities require a large meter. Small meters are generally connected to the existing domestic meter service. Other common applications for commercial water lines include:

  • Irrigation Systems
  • Landscaping Applications
  • Multi-Family Complexes
  • Hospitals
  • Universities
  • Processing Facilities
  • Industrial Buildings
  • Manufacturing Facilities

*Importantly – an irrigation meter can ONLY connect to a line with domestic water service. An unmetered fireline, fire hydrant lead, or metered fireline cannot be used for irrigation water supply.

Application of Commercial Irrigation Water Meter Taps

There are situations where there is a separate tap made for the irrigation meter.

  • Irrigation water requirements > domestic (for a “teed” installation the domestic meter >= irrigation meter size)
  • There is no domestic water (esplanade, right-of-way beautification projects)
  • The location of the area to be irrigated is far away from the domestic water meter

In these situations, the irrigation meter is applied separately – the only difference is that an "irrigation only" letter from the owner is required and a vacuum breaker permit (generally supplied by the irrigation/landscaping contractor) is required for the application.

In general, the application process is the same as for domestic/fire meters. For commercial and industrial irrigation water meter installation/inspection, a copy of the vacuum breaker permit (generally supplied by the irrigation/landscaping contractor) is required.

Why Mickie Service Company?

Mickie Service Company has provided water line services to the greater Houston area since the mid-1970s, and we are committed to providing the best commercial watering solutions. There are many factors that come into choosing the right water metering company for your project. Mickie Service is one of the leaders of the Houston civil construction industry, and some of the following service offerings make our company stand out over our competition:

  • We can guarantee 99% same day service
  • We have an extensive list of equipment
  • We prioritize safety and efficiency
  • We are registered in the City of Houston to provide line construction

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