Call Before You Dig!
Water lines are typically out of sight and out of mind, until someone unintentionally digs into them. Homeowners and Contractors are required by law to call 811 at least two days before digging to prevent possible injury, interruptions of utility services or the loss of valuable water.
The utility locate service will mark all of the underground utilities in the public right of way in proximity of the area you plan to dig. To locate water lines on private property you will need to contact an underground locating service or a plumber.
If you or a contractor you hire hit a line while digging, you can disrupt service to your entire neighborhood and potentially face fines and repair costs. Learn more at https://digsafelyoregon.com/dig-safely/.
Follow these steps to have your site cleared for digging:
- Before calling 811, outline the location where you will be digging with white chalk or stakes. Your site must be completely outlined in order for the locate company to mark surrounding underground utility locations.
- Call 811 at any hour at least two days before digging. See the call811.com website for more information.
- At the end of your call, you will receive a ticket number that will be good for 14 days. If you need to call 811 for any reason, please have the ticket number on hand.
- Line locating staff will mark the horizontal path of the underground water lines at your site with blue paint, other utilities will be indicated with other colors. (811 Color guide)
Leaks can increase your bill substantially; even small ones really add up over time.
Your water meter is a great tool to help you check for leaks. If you find a leak, it’s most often one of the common problems listed below.
Smart Leak Detection
Water leaks in the home plumbing system can cost homeowners a pretty penny and be a real headache to deal with. Smart leak detection systems are designed to sense leaks and notify homeowners when they occur in their home plumbing system, before they can cause significant property damage or result in oversize water bills. Whether it’s a leaking pipe joint under the house, a failed washing machine connection, or a running toilet, finding leaks as quickly as possible is the best option for avoiding high water bills and property damage. Installation of a smart leak detection device is a smart investment to protect against unexpected high water bills and damage due to leaks.
Homeowners that discover a leak may apply for an adjustment to their water bill. Customers are eligible for two adjustments in a five year period, which begins the date of the first adjustment request. Per Leak Adjustment Policy, a credit equal to 60% of the consumption charges accrued during the period of the leakage will be applied to your account.
Contact Customer Service to see if you qualify for a lead adjustment.