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Went up to the mountain house last Friday. Around 9AM the County Water District called asking if I was using a lot of water for some reason They said I had used 56,000 Cubic Feet since the last reading. Now I know that I have been watering the lawn and filled up a new hot tub but 56,000 no way. So I went to the main water meter down at the end of my driveway and I could hear the meter spinning as soon as I got close to it.

I opened the cover and the dial was spinning so fast I thought it would take off. I immediately shut off the valve that supplies the irrigation system and it stopped spinning. I searched all around and could not find the leak so I went back down and turned it back on. That's when I found this.

And then there was the fix.
 

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Expect a huge bill, I would call the water district and ask if they have any discounts available for that situation, mine will allow a one time adjustment for water line breaks.

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Yes they do and thank them for having such a policy. They offered it I did not know to even ask. They waived the standard bill then looked at what was used last year at this time. They did the math then split the cost with me.

So what could have been a $1400+ bill is now just $700+. Still hurts but better. It's normally only $123.

It did not even water any area of the lawn:banghead::banghead::banghead::dunno::dunno:. It just drained down the hill. Absolutely no benefits at all.
 

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Good they notified you and even better they have a price break for such events. We have a main shut off at the shore house we close if it will not be used for the week. My fear was pulling in the driveway and seeing a waterfall coming out of the house down the front steps.

By the way....a couple more fittings in that there repair and you could challenge for the 3 stooges plumbing episode!! :lol:

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water main made out of pvc? Everything around here is copper and buried below the frost line.

Just curious... did you post this in the scut forum because you dug it up with a scut?
 

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I had a water line break at our Everett house years ago. We had a terraced yard and the break was at the bottom yard near where it hooks up to the main. Strange thing was that we were one of a very few homes that did not have meters, so it didn't affect our bill. We didn't notice the leak, the water company told us about it.

I rented a backhoe, a POS Kubota that could barely make its way uphill. Had to dig down about five feet to get to the break, it was black poly. Huge muddy mess that was.

A couple months earlier I had parked an empty 53ft semi trailer there for a weekend. When I went to leave I got stuck because the ground was so soft. I thought it was the rain that caused it. Had to pay over a hundred bucks to get towed ten feet to get out of there. Not the best way to start a trip...
 

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Water lines in NC are pretty much PVC or CPVC these days. And only a foot deep.
Those connections come loose when heavy mowers or tractors roll over...
 

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Expect a huge bill, I would call the water district and ask if they have any discounts available for that situation, mine will allow a one time adjustment for water line breaks.

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We had the same situation during summer 2016 at our frame over block home built into a dug out hillside in southern Ohio. Our monthly bills were increasing and erratic; The jig was up when the French drain at the base of the block broke loose and ran for hours. We quickly determined that the leak was between the meter and the house (our responsibility). I self-reported the problem to the county water department- After repairs I advised the water company again. They read the meter and adjusted our bill downward. They sold us the excess water used during the leak at their production cost and not retail cost. The $17.00 reduction was small consolation for a $600.00 repair.

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water main made out of pvc? Everything around here is copper and buried below the frost line.

Just curious... did you post this in the scut forum because you dug it up with a scut?
Yes. I used the FEL to dig it bigger after I located the break.
 

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Good they notified you and even better they have a price break for such events. We have a main shut off at the shore house we close if it will not be used for the week. My fear was pulling in the driveway and seeing a waterfall coming out of the house down the front steps.

By the way....a couple more fittings in that there repair and you could challenge for the 3 stooges plumbing episode!! :lol:

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I did not want to dig up 10-15 feet along the pipe. In order to get the pipe to flex into the fittings that is what would be needed. This way was much easier. It was a 1" line that fed the irrigation manifolds with a 3/4" pipe to a hose bib.

You are funny though.:laugh::laugh::laugh:
 

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Most home centers, hardware stores, and plumbing supply houses have telescoping PVC repair coupling that help avoid the this type of repair.

Also, I run our small non-profit water company (60 meters). Water is billed at the cost of production, plus an assessment for the maintenance and repair fund. Therefore, if you have a leak and we were to forgive the cost, the rest of us must subsidize that. After a few times, people learn to check their own use, plus I read the meters once a month even though we bill bimonthly, just to minimize surprises.
 
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