Help with a Huge Water Bill

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by LMS, May 4, 2011.

  1. LMS

    LMS New Member

    May 4, 2011
    I just got a water bill for $1300. I looked at my meter, and they have the number correct, but it is not moving when I don't have any water running. The water company said we had a leak for the last couple months, and it stopped within the last few days. They also said it was most likely the sump pump. My question is, is it possible I had a leak that somehow fixed itself? Also, is it possible that it is the sump pump? If so, what would I be looking for to fix that? Most people seem to think it sounds crazy that it could be a sump pump. I just can't imagine how all that water was used and now is not being used.
  2. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa DIYer, not in the trades

    Feb 6, 2011
    NW Ontario, Canada
    Do you have a water powered sump pump? Most sump pumps run on electricity but they do make emergency backup pumps that run on water.
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  4. cwhyu2

    cwhyu2 Consultant

    Aug 11, 2007
    Cincinnati OH
    Back up pumps are good for when an electric outage happens,but for that long of time,check your sump pump system or have it checked,if that is not the problem then start checking toilets as they may not run all the time but off and on.
  5. Hardt

    Hardt Member

    Nov 18, 2005
    FWIW, my daughter in Washington state had a bill of about $750 and they were, of course, shocked! They called the water utility and the responder just said ok and cancelled the whole bill! There was no explanation from the utility but my guess is that they must have had other similiar complaints and that the problem turned out to be malfunctioning meters. Their house is about 6 yrs old and I don't know what kind of meter it is ... I think it is monitored electronically. And if so, I'm guessing a digital flow meter with a integrated chip as its processor could get a hit from a electrical storm, a voltage spike, etc and give a crazy reading. I can't imagine how a mechanical flow meter could malfunction so badly... I hope this is your problem, I would faint if I got the bill you got!!!
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