Replacement of water meters in 2022

What is the pro­ce­dure and where to apply to replace water meters in 2022 — we talk about prices, terms, work pro­ce­dures and a manda­to­ry act
Replacement of water meters in 2022
Replace­ment of water meters. Pho­to: Rasyuk Tatiana

Now most apart­ments and hous­es are equipped with water meters. This is the only fair mech­a­nism for charg­ing fees for this util­i­ty ser­vice. True, only the own­er of the home can make it hon­est — that is, the instal­la­tion costs are on him. There are many nuances in the instal­la­tion pro­ce­dure: from the price for the work to seal­ing and draw­ing up an act. Togeth­er with an expert, we tell every­thing about the replace­ment of water meters in 2022.

The procedure for replacing water meters


Mod­ern water meters are designed for 10–12 years of ser­vice. More expen­sive mod­els may last longer. This is called the ser­vice life.

At the same time, each counter also has an inter-ver­i­fi­ca­tion inter­val. This is the peri­od after which the device needs to be checked — what if it broke? Until the meter pass­es ver­i­fi­ca­tion, read­ings on it will not be accept­ed.



Heat­ing cables

An indis­pens­able thing for plumb­ing in a pri­vate house

The term for check­ing hot water meters (DHW) is once every four years. Cold water meters (HVS) are checked every six years. Ver­i­fi­ca­tion is car­ried out by pri­vate orga­ni­za­tions that have the appro­pri­ate license. The price of the ser­vice is about 500 rubles for one device. After that, a ver­i­fi­ca­tion cer­tifi­cate is issued, which must be sub­mit­ted to the MFC or the man­age­ment com­pa­ny — each region has its own rules.


The water meter is replaced when it is faulty or its ser­vice life has expired. If the device does not dis­play mea­sure­ment results, has mechan­i­cal dam­age, or ver­i­fi­ca­tion showed that the meter is oper­at­ing in excess of the per­mis­si­ble error, it’s time to change it. There­fore, the sched­ule in each case is indi­vid­ual.

When a mal­func­tion is dis­cov­ered, the res­i­dent is oblig­ed to imme­di­ate­ly report it to the man­age­ment com­pa­ny. You have 30 days to replace the meter. After that, util­i­ty bills for water begin to be charged at an increased stan­dard.

You can replace the counter in any oth­er cas­es. For exam­ple, do not call for ver­i­fi­ca­tion, but sim­ply buy a new device. Although it is more expen­sive, but sud­den­ly you change all the plumb­ing after the pre­vi­ous own­ers of the apart­ment, and at the same time decid­ed to update the meter­ing devices.


In the box, along with the counter, there is a prod­uct pass­port. The employ­ee of the man­age­ment com­pa­ny who per­formed the seal­ing will take one copy for him­self, and in the sec­ond he will make notes for you. If you call for ver­i­fi­ca­tion, you will be issued a new act on the work per­formed.

Water heat­ing

How to make a reli­able all-sea­son plumb­ing in the house

Where to go to replace water meters

- An ordi­nary apart­ment water meter can be replaced by any fit­ter of plumb­ing equip­ment. This work belongs to the 3–4 qual­i­fi­ca­tion cat­e­go­ry in terms of com­plex­i­ty (that is, not the high­est class — edi­tor’s note), it is per­formed by one work­er. No license is required for these works. It is not for­bid­den if a res­i­dent replaces the meter on his own, the guar­an­tee for the device does not dis­ap­pear, the expert says.

How is the replacement of water meters

Make sure the old appliance is no longer working

For exam­ple, it has expired. Or the device has stopped chang­ing indi­ca­tions. Look at the meter pass­port. There are marks indi­cat­ing when the device was man­u­fac­tured and installed. The ver­i­fi­ca­tion peri­ods for pipes with hot and cold water are also indi­cat­ed. If you do not have a doc­u­ment, a copy must be kept by the man­age­ment com­pa­ny or the water sup­pli­er (local water util­i­ty) in your local­i­ty. Call the help desk and they’ll tell you.

Buy a new appliance

You can order on the Inter­net, find in the con­struc­tion mar­ket, build­ing mar­ket or plumb­ing depart­ment. Four types of coun­ters are on sale: tacho­me­t­ric, vor­tex, ultra­son­ic and elec­tro­mag­net­ic. It makes sense to install tachome­ters in an apart­ment — low price, sim­ple instal­la­tion. There are also coun­ters for hot and cold water. But in 2022, most devices are uni­ver­sal.

Preparing for installation

- Accord­ing to the rules, the dis­man­tling and instal­la­tion of the meter takes place in the pres­ence of a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the man­age­ment com­pa­ny. In fact, this almost nev­er hap­pens. As a rule, it is enough if you save the old meter or at least a pho­to of its dis­play with read­ings and num­ber until the moment of seal­ing, — explains Gleb Gilin­sky, Head of the Asso­ci­a­tion “Man­age­r­i­al per­son­nel of the munic­i­pal econ­o­my”.

Read also

How to check water meters accord­ing to the rules

Water meter installation

A new device is being installed. After that, check if the water is run­ning, if there are any leaks. Look at the score­board: a spe­cial wheel rotates at a ser­vice­able counter, which shows that account­ing is in progress. The num­bers will start to change.




After instal­la­tion, it is imper­a­tive to call a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the resource sup­pli­er com­pa­ny to seal the meters and put them into oper­a­tion. In most cities, meters are sealed by a man­age­ment com­pa­ny or a local water util­i­ty. By law, the meter is sealed in the same month as the instal­la­tion. The ser­vice is free.

Check that the new meter is registered

- After seal­ing, the new meter num­ber will appear in the infor­ma­tion sys­tems for the cal­cu­la­tion of util­i­ty resources and in receipts for the com­mu­nal apart­ment. You will start tak­ing read­ings from this device. If the new infor­ma­tion is not dis­played, you need to con­tact the MFC with an act on putting the meter into oper­a­tion, obtained dur­ing seal­ing, — says Gleb Gilin­sky.

This is use­ful

How to check the man­age­ment com­pa­ny that serves you

How much does it cost to replace water meters

Replac­ing a water meter in 2022 costs 2000–3000 rubles, includ­ing the cost of the device. Man­age­ment com­pa­nies them­selves are hap­py to take on this work. Then you do not have to wait for a rep­re­sen­ta­tive for seal­ing. Although you have the right to call your spe­cial­ist, but in the future you will have to order a seal sep­a­rate­ly.

Popular questions and answers

Do I need to change water meters?
It is nec­es­sary to change the water meter. Oth­er­wise, you will have to pay not accord­ing to the tes­ti­mo­ny, but accord­ing to the increased stan­dard. In addi­tion, if the replace­ment is not made on time, pub­lic util­i­ties have the right to regard this as delib­er­ate fraud and impose fines and penal­ties.
Can water meters be replaced for free?
There are no such ben­e­fits at the fed­er­al lev­el. It is believed that the price of the meter and the per­for­mance of work is not so bur­den­some for cit­i­zens. How­ev­er, just in case, you can ask your social secu­ri­ty if there is a region­al sub­sidy for replac­ing meters in your city or local­i­ty.
How are accru­als made from the date of fail­ure to the replace­ment of water meters?
While there is a faulty water meter in the apart­ment, the charge for util­i­ty resources will go accord­ing to the con­sump­tion stan­dard using a mul­ti­ply­ing fac­tor of 1.5, — answers Gleb Gilin­sky.
Can I replace water meters myself?
Yes, you have the right to inde­pen­dent­ly car­ry out all the work to replace the water meter. Only the seal­ing is per­formed by a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the man­age­ment com­pa­ny, says our expert.