Water Leaks

Is your recent user rates statement higher than normal and you’re not sure why?  It could mean there is a leak somewhere on your property.  Follow these steps to complete a proper leak test.

  1. Take a look around your house for dripping taps, running toilets etc.  Minor leaks inside plumbing fixtures can actually use a shocking amount of water.
  2. Locate your water meter outside of your house.  It is a small, rectangular box within the ground near the edge of your property.  If you are unable to find it, please contact the User Rates Department.
  3. Once located, lift the lid and record the digits from left to right (the meter looks similar to a car odometer). 
  4. Important: Do not use any water in your house for at least 8 hours.
  5. Take another meter reading.  Did it change?  If yes, you may have a leak and you should contact a plumber to have this inspected and repaired.
  6. If the leak is located and repaired in an underground water line (such as the main water line between the meter and the house, or an underground irrigation pipe), you may be eligible for a water fee adjustment. Please contact the User Rates Section for more information. 

Download Underground Water Leak Adjustment Application

Per City Finance Policy 1.2-3, we are unable to adjust for any leaks occurring in taps, toilets, hot water tanks, appliances, plumbing fixtures, above-ground sprinkler heads, etc.

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Last updated: July 24, 2023

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