Hydrant Meters for Temporary Construction


A temporary meter may be installed on a county-accepted, non-private fire hydrant to be used as a temporary water source for construction or irrigation purposes, not to exceed six months.

How to Apply

To apply for a hydrant meter, please email the Public Utilities Department with a completed Temporary Hydrant Meter Service Application. Please note, hydrant meters are considered to be of a temporary nature and are installed for construction (or with approval, temporary fire protection) purposes only. Requests for a temporary hydrant meter should be associated with some type of project (e.g., new construction SR#, CIP, etc.)

Prior to applying, please note the following:

  • You must have an established customer account with Hillsborough County Public Utilities - Utilities Support Division.
  • You must locate the fire hydrant closest to your project that, when in use, will not impede the flow of traffic (e.g., hoses/pipe connections cannot cross a road.)
    • If this cannot be accomplished, a tanker truck or temporary construction meter would be required instead of a hydrant meter.
  • You must have the badge number information from the desired hydrant.
    • This information is usually found on a metal or plastic badge attached to the hydrant with a number such as I-002049.
    • If unsure, provide us with any of the numbers found on the hydrant and they will be validated.
  • Once installed, hydrant meters CANNOT be removed or moved to any other location without prior notification and approval of the utility.
    • All relocations must be requested in writing by submitting an application indicating “Relocate Existing Hydrant Meter” and including a payment of $50.00.
  • The applicant is responsible for all costs and billing charges in the event the meter is missing or stolen. Currently the cost is $500.00 to replace the meter, plus estimated usage for the month(s) the read could not be obtained. These costs will be deducted from your deposit in the event the billed charges are not paid.
  • Service availability staff will contact you to obtain payment for installation fees (refer to application.)
  • Once the application has been processed, the monthly billing charges for Hydrant meters can be paid online 24/7 at View or Pay Your Water Bill.

Deposit Fees

Deposit fees and meter installation / removal charges will apply, and are required to be paid, prior to use of utility services.

Meter Removal

To have the meter removed, please email the Public Utilities Department with the following information:

  • Subject: Hydrant meter removal
  • Account number (may be found on your utility bill)
  • Address of hydrant meter location
  • Daytime contact name and telephone number
  • Name of project and service request or CIP number, if applicable

Rates & Fees

You will receive a monthly bill for potable water consumption. View current rate and fees.