If you received your water bill and the number strays significantly from your normal usage there could be a couple of things going on (and a couple ways to get out of it!):
They didn’t bill you for the correct amount of water used
There is a leak on your property, or there is a leak from their meter.
Check your meter. To find out which issue it is, start by checking the meter yourself. If the meter reads don’t match up, stop, call the water department and point out their error. If it does match, move on to the next steps.
Collect your bills. Put together a collection of your last several bills including the one that shocked you into reading this article. If you don’t have past bills, don’t panic; just ask the water department to send you a history.
Check for leaks around the property. To do this, turn off all the water in your home. I mean everything! Sink, shower, dishwasher, washing machine, irrigation, etc. Check for visual signs of leaks. Then go out to the box. If you see movement it is likely that you have an underground or slow leak on your property. And, I hate to say it but, call a plumber. The sooner you pay the money for a plumber to find and fix the leak the sooner your water bill will go back down. There are situations in which you can get a bill adjustment even if the leak is on your property.
If applicable, apply for a bill adjustment or deferral. You may apply if…
There is an irrigation leak and your sewer service charge is based on water use; or
There is a concealed pipe leak that is not readily detectible. But call the plumber and get this type of leak fixed right away because they will not adjust until you get it fixed.
To defer, your bill must be at least 200% more than your normal usage and must pay your normal amount by the due date. You will only be allowed to defer once in the life of the account and the amount will be split evenly for up to 12 months.
To apply for an adjustment or deferral, just call the water department at (619) 515-3500.
If you have any questions on what you can do about your high water bill feel free to call us at (619) 696-6966.