Most of our meters are electronic and are radio read, meaning our meter readers do not have to physically see the meter to read it. A computer picks up an electronic signal as the readers drive by in their vehicle. For older style meters, Mother Nature has her way of covering up meters by the wind blowing, ground shifting, rain and even mowing your yard. The meter reader does not necessarily have to wipe off all the dirt to in order to read the meter. Remember, they are trained and do this on a daily basis.