Meter Reader

Description :



Performs routine clerical work in the reading of water meters; semi-skilled work in the maintenance of the City’s the City’s water and electric meters and operations.


Under supervision of the Utility Office Manager, Finance Director, and Meter Supervisor, or as directed.


  • Read and record water meter consumption and enter data into route books or hand-held computers.
  • Walk or drive vehicles along established routes to take reading of meter dials.
  • Upload into office computers all information collected on hand-held computers during meter rounds, or return route books or hand-held computers to Utility Office so that data can be compiled.
  • Verify readings in cases where consumption appears to be abnormal, and record possible reasons for fluctuations.
  • Inspect meters for unauthorized connections, defects, and damage, such as broken seals.
  • Report to Utility Office any problems such as: meter irregularities, damaged equipment, or impediments to meter access, including—but not limited to—fences or dogs.
  • Distribute Red Tags or Door Hangers to service addresses.
  • Answer customers’ questions about services and charges, or direct them to customer service representatives.
  • Update client address and meter location information.
  • Leave messages to arrange different times to read meters for cases in which meters are not accessible.
  • Remove and replace meters as needed to ensure proper recording of usage.
  • Remove and replace meter cans (water) when appropriate.
  • Installing and removing hydrant meters.
  • Tests and calibrates 5/8 inch - 6 inch water meters which tests for accuracy.
  • Perform physical inventory of meter parts (water and electric)
  • Order meters, meter parts, gaskets, meter tools and supplies.

The above listed duties are intended to be general in nature and level of work performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.


Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge skills, and abilities would be:

  •  High school diploma or GED equivalent.
  • Six (6) months to one (1) year of related experience.


  • Getting Information -- Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Documenting/Recording Information—entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written and/or electronic/magnetic form.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates—providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, and/or in person.
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment—running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles and/or mechanized equipment.
  • Performing General Physical Activities—performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
  • Processing Information—compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, and/or verifying information or data.
  • Performing for, or Working directly with, the Public—performing for people or dealing directly with the public.
  • Communicating with Persons outside Organization—communicating with people outside the organization; representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone and/or e-mail.
  • Organizing, Planning and Prioritizing Work—Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others—Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards—Using relevant information and individual judgement to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, codes, regulations, or standards.
  • Analyzing Data or Information—Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
  • Handling and Moving Objects—Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People—Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things, services, or people.
  • Interacting with computers—Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems—analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Operating Tools and Equipment-Skill in operating listed tools and equipment.
  • Communication-Ability to follow oral and written instructions, communication in both oral and written English and must possess good hearing and sight (aided or unaided).


  • Valid New Mexico Driver’s License.
  • Must successfully pass the pre-employment drug and alcohol testing.
  • Certified in First Aid and CPR or be able to obtain it within the first (1st) year.


  • Might be required to attend the City Commission Meetings when necessary; and will be required to attend limited Public Utility Advisory Board meetings.
  • Performs a variety of miscellaneous duties such as running errands, picking up supplies as needed.


Utilizes any equipment, tools and materials necessary to accomplish the duties described in the Essential Duties section above, including but not limited to:

  • Equipment and tools typically used:  Division vehicles, Data cap H (hand held reading unit), portable or mobile radio, wide variety of forms and office supplies, various hand tools, and when needed, appropriate personal protective equipment.
  • Materials and products handled: All materials dealing with the construction and maintenance of water distribution lines or equipment; all chemicals dealing with the maintenance of Division vehicles and the general housekeeping of Division buildings and grounds; including aerosol insecticides.


  • All essential duties are performed outdoors with exposure to natural weather conditions with extremes in temperatures.
  • Works closely with other employees.
  • Exposure to various fumes, odors, mists, and/or dusts.
  • Exposure to moderate noise levels.
  • Job hazards or potential job hazards including cuts, bruises, animal or insect bites or stings, sprains, strains, broken bones, exposure to electrical shock, and operation of Division vehicles or equipment, falling objects.
  • Duties involve walking or standing for long periods of time on even, uneven, hard, soft, wet, or dry surfaces.
  • Duties may involve lifting of objects up to 100 pounds.
  • Essential duties are normally performed during weekdays, although emergencies may require working all hours of the day or night, including weekends and holidays.


The work environment characteristics described above are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions:

  • Duties may involve lifting of heavy objects up to 100 pounds.
  • Duties involve walking or standing for long periods of time on even, uneven, hard, soft, wet, or dry surfaces               
  • Duties involve climbing, crawling, sitting, crouching, kneeling, twisting, bending; ability to assume prone positions, to rotate, and to balance.
  • Duties require use of hands to finger, handle, feel, or operate objects, tools, or controls, grasp, manipulate, reach with hands and arms; overall hand and finger dexterity.
  • Duties require ability to talk and hear.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus, bilateral coordination, and eye and hand coordination.


Formal application, rating of education and experience, oral interview and reference check; job related tests might be required.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and the employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement

The City of Truth or Consequences is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.

This policy applies to all employment practices within our organization, including hiring, recruiting, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, leave of absence, compensation, benefits, training, and apprenticeship. The City of Truth or Consequences makes hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit, and business needs at the time.

Contact :

The City of Truth or Consequences has an opening for the position of Meter Reader in the Utilities DEPARTMENT.

See Job Description for full requirements and representatives duties.

Pay rate commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus benefits

Application and Job Description are available from the City’s Human Resources

Office, 505 Sims Street, T or C., NM, 87901, tel#575-740-7554 Fax #575-894-0363.Deadline for applications to be returned to City’s HR Office is until filled    E.O.E.


Deadline for Applying : Nov 26, 2022