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Old 10-15-2013, 11:52 PM   #11
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Doesnt a well used for drinking or house water have to be permited by the County and have filters and what not? I think the rules are a bit diffeent for an irrigation well.

turn off the ECUA meter box valve and turn on the water in the house. If water comes out, your well is working or your getting water from somewhere, plus your well pump should kick on.

Guess your not on ECUA sewage because your water bill would be the least of your worries!!

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Old 10-16-2013, 10:13 AM   #12
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Ok, you might choose this time to go check it out. Something as serious as the water you are drinking etc... should be kind of important. These things should have been pointed out to you in the inspection of the house and stated in a seller's disclosure when you bought the house. One of the questions usually pertains to city water/utilities etc... that the seller will fill out and telling you what utilities are.
I bought a duplex years ago in PCB. I lived there for about a year and noticed what looked to be a brand new water meter in front of the other side of the house. Come to find out the other side of the duplexes water meter had been covered up for years and someone had been paying a water bill and it wasn't my tennant. He thought I was paying it and I figured he paid it. Weird stuff happens.
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Old 10-16-2013, 10:35 AM   #13
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Seems as if the only good news here is that the meter stops when you shut the water off so it sounds as if you don't have a leak. Up here where I live, it's a big no-no to have a domestic well (not seperate irrigation) and city water even tied into the same line. Several years back, we had to cut and divert our well water line to the house when we had city water come in. Didn't want any possibility of the well water backing into the city system. Makes sense.
I don't know if the meters down there have any type of multiplier in them but it should be a fairly easy problem to resolve once you get in touch with the water system folks. You can calculate or infer your water usage as well if you know pressure and diameter of pipe where the tap is.
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Any possibility of city water flowing into your well system through a valve of some kind? Seems like a long shot but like Mark alluded to it could happen. Also we had a leak under a shed that kept our water will high until we found it. Rerouted the line rather than dig under the structure. (It was on our side of the meter of course so the work was on our dime.)
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ECUA has been replacing residential meters with electronic and wireless units.
The meter man/maid only has to cruise by to read your meter.
The numbers you see on the meter are the current total, not the amount used since your last meter reading.
When they changed ours about two years ago, they did not notify us in any manner.
The numbers on the new meter might have started with the same numbers on the old meter.
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I got a $300 dollar water bill from ECUA once. This happened a few years back when ECUA installed the "Smart Meters" that read themselves. During the meter install, an old shutoff valve was cracked causing a leak. ECUA told me it was my problem because it was on my side of the meter.
I informed them ECUA I did not have a problem until they changed the meter out and the leak started. Anyway, they settled with me on paying half of the bill for their mistake!
The new meter-box with the antenna was not installed flush with the lawn. I called several times for them to fix it, having to mow around it instead of over it was a pain. They never did. My Son mowed the antenna and top off of the meter-box a few months later, so I guess we are even.
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Old 10-16-2013, 12:11 PM   #17
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Well in my call with customer service this morning several things got sorted. After inquiring about the serial number they had on file for my meter and seeing that it did not match the one in the ground, I'm less worried about the bill for 500,000 gal now. They said they switched the meter out because the old was broken and that the high bill for last month was to catch us up for the 12 months + that it wasn't reading.

I figure they probably have zero evidence for how much we actually used but considering we must have been using thier water and not our own we will live with it. As long as next month isn't insane that is. The only thing left now is to figure out why the well wasn't going and if it's worth the trouble to switch
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The only thing left now is to figure out why the well wasn't going and if it's worth the trouble to switch
I just moved to Cantonment from out of state 3 months ago and several of my neighbors have wells in addition to city water. They all say the wells are only to water the landscaping and fill their pools and do not connect to the house plumbing.
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