The actual installation of your water meter is done through American Water, however there are a specific sequence of steps that must be followed from permits and plumbing work to inspections that should be completed BEFORE you schedule your installation with American Water.
Water Meter Installation Steps
Questions about any of these steps can be directed to either American Water (732) 297-7332 or the Building Department (732) 247-0922 x450.
Please note that water meters are available in multiple sizes and each size has a different water meter application (step 2). Consult with your contractor as necessary to guide you as far as size and placement of the meter before getting started.
- Apply for the necessary building permits
Customer should first apply for necessary permits through the township building office within the Department of Community Development on the second floor of the municipal building. This will likely include, but not limited to, a plumbing permit. Learn more about building permits.
- Complete a water meter application
Visit American Water at the North Brunswick Treatment Plant at 782 Canal Road in Franklin Park to complete American Water’s“Meter Application” (available for print below). Payment for the meter and the installation is due at this time.
Bring a copy of your permit(s) and be prepared to provide all of the information requested on the application including your block and lot and permit numbers. After your application is complete, you will receive a meter spacer and meter couplings to be installed on your plumbing prior to your inspections and meter installation.
- Complete plumbing work and have it inspected
- Schedule your water meter installation
After your plumbing inspection is approved, call American Water at (732) 297-7332 to schedule your meter installation.
You cannot schedule an appointment for your meter to be installed prior to having your plumbing work inspected and approved by the township. American Water will not install the meter if your plumbing does not pass inspection.
- Ensure the installation area is prepared for installation prior to your appointment
On the day of your scheduled meter installation, please have the area where the meter is to be installed clear of any obstructions so as to allow the technician access to the area.
Upon arrival, the American Water field service representative will verify that your plumbing permit has been approved and will ask to see your approved sticker given to you by the plumbing inspector prior to the actual installation of your meter
- Schedule and pass final inspection
Following the meter installation, you will need to schedule a final inspection with the building office to have your permit officially closed and a Certificate of Approval issued by the Plumbing Sub-Code Official.. Learn more about building inspections.