City of Chicago MeterSave Program

What is MeterSave?

MeterSave is a new program offered by the City of Chicago Department of Water Management (DWM) to non-metered Chicago homeowners to voluntarily install meters to help them save water and save money.

How Can You Save?

Water charges in non-metered homes are tied to factors such as building size, lot-size and the number of plumbing fixtures. However, metered homes are billed according to actual water usage. This means that with minimal effort, participating homeowners could save money on their water bills. Because customers with metered homes pay only for the water they use, they can save money while at the same time helping to protect Lake Michigan and save water.

Homeowner Incentives

Homeowners participating in MeterSave will receive a 7-year guarantee that the home water bill will be no higher than it would have if the meter had not been installed.

Upon installation of the meter, and while supplies last, homeowners will be eligible for any one of the following additional incentives (or any two if an entire block volunteers):

  • Rain barrel
  • Outdoor water conservation kit
  • Hose timer
  • Rain gauge
  • Water restricting hose nozzle
  • Moisture sensor
  • Indoor water conservation kit
  • Low flow showerhead
  • Shower timer
  • Toilet flapper
  • Leak Detection Tablets
  • Toilet tank bank—a toilet tank water displacement pouch\
  • 4-quart fill cycle diverter that helps save water after flushing the toilet
  • Swivel low-flow kitchen aerator
  • Two bathroom sink aerators
  • Teflon tape
  • Water Conservation wheel

Who is Eligible to Participate?

Customers who are non-metered, residential single-family and two-flat owners in the city of Chicago will be able to volunteer.

How Do I Sign Up?

Interested homeowners may visit to complete a quick and easy online registration, call 3-1-1 or Department of Water Management at 312-744-4H2O.

What Will it Cost to Participate?

The City of Chicago Department of Water Management (DWM) will install a meter complete with the automatic meter reading (AMR) technology in your home free of charge.

AMR technology allows readings to be transmitted via wireless radio technology to DWM vehicles as they drive by, eliminating the need for meter readings to take place inside the home.