PO Box 447
Haydenville, MA 01039
Walter "Sam" Kellogg
William "Bill" Turner
WATER LEAKS HOW MUCH THEY CAN COST
What is the cost of a water leak? The answer to this question is not a simple one. Several variables effect what a leak will cost such as the length of time the leak lasts; the size of the leak; and the water system pressure.
A typical individually metered residential customer uses approximately 5,000 to 6,000 gallons of water per month. In addition, the sewer bill is based on water usage. Hence, the incremental cost of 1,000 gallons of water and sewer use is $5.40 for water and $3.50 for sewer (2013 rates), for a total cost of $8.90. This total cost equals 9/10ths of 1 cent per gallon.
A leak can be costly and can add up quickly. Shown below is a chart which demonstrates how a small leak can develop into a large cost.
WHERE TO CHECK FOR LEAKS
HIGH UTILITY BILL
If you receive a high utility bill, the Water Department will, upon customer’s request, make a courtesy visit to your residence in an effort to assist in locating a leak. This visit does not guarantee that we will locate the leak or that the Town is responsible for water loss if a leak is not found. The property owner may need to hire a plumber.
If a property owner disputes the utility bill, they may come in to a Water/Sewer Commission meeting to discuss the bill.
No account adjustments for irrigation system leaks.
No account adjustments for unexplained water loss. If it went through the meter, the property owner is responsible for the bill.
If you have any questions or need to contact the Water & Sewer Commission for assistance, please call 413-268-8430 or 413-268-8402. Thank you.