The City of Arvada, along with many communities throughout the Front Range, has received a number of inquiries from water customers concerned about higher than normal water bills received in the latest billing cycle. The higher than normal water bills are a by-product of unusually dry precipitation patterns in 2016. We typically receive around 15 inches of rain in the summer. Since April 1 of this year, the total rainfall has been just 6.4 inches.
City Software Program Detects Possible Water Leaks
The software program Arvada uses for utility billing has a number of safeguards which generate exception reports on bills that are higher than normal, indicating possible system links. If one of these safeguards is triggered, the City sends notices to these customers and conducts field inspections on many of the higher than normal readings to confirm that meters are properly functioning and to assist in locating leaks. All water meters are purchased from a national firm that specializes in the development and production of water meters. These meters are equipped with a highly accurate register, similar to a car odometer, and the numbers will only advance if water passes through the meter. Each meter is individually tested and certified by the company.
Locating Common Water Leaks
Water leaks are often due to a toilet flapper or a problem on a sprinkler system:
- To check for a slow leak on a toilet flapper. food coloring can be added into the upper tank to see if the color appears in the bowl area. (May require a plumber's assistance.)
- To check for a leak in the irrigation system, turn off the valve to the irrigation system and leave it off for several minutes. If, when the valve is turned back on, you can feel water flow back into the system, this indicates a leak somewhere in the irrigation line. (May require an irrigation specialist's assistance.)
Utility billing staff are happy to answer questions, conduct field tests, and assist our customers in any way we can. For assistance, call 720-898-7760.