Not only is your water meter used for your quarterly bill, but it can be used as a tool to detect leaks in the house. A common concern our customers have are when their water bill has raised in price. Your water bill is based on the amount of water that is used at the property within that 90-day period of billing. If there is an increased bill with no changes to your water usage, you could possibly have something wasting water within the property. You can also keep track of your water usage by reading your meter manually as the reading be close to what is portrayed on your meter. The MPWC recommends that you follow these steps to check for leaks at your property.
The Camden County Department of Public Works, has been notified by the Merchantville Pennsauken Water Commission that crews will be replacing a water main on River Road and Union Avenue in Pennsauken beginning Monday, August 12th. During this time, stretches of both River Road and Union Avenue will be closed during work hours. From the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. crews will completely close River Rd. between Lennox Rd. and Union Ave. This project is expected to last several weeks and will require detours for motorists who typically drive through this area as part of their commute. The project is expected to be completed by the end of work hours on Friday, November 13, 2019.
If your water bill is unusually high, but has not be estimated, there are a few things you can do to investigate the situation. First, check for leaks. Small leaks can add up quickly. Just a 1/8-inch sized leak consumes more than 3,500 gallons per day. While most leaks are easy to find, others may be more difficult and can often be left undetected. Start by checking your toilets. Toilets can lose hundreds of gallons of water when leaking. The MPWC can provide you with special tablets for detecting toilet leaks free of charge. You can also put a few drops of food coloring in your toilet tank and wait a few minutes. If the color shows up in the bowl, you have a leak that needs to be repaired. Check indoor and outdoor faucets and replace worn gaskets and washers. Look for drip stains beneath and behind your dishwasher and washing machines. Check leaks in your sprinkler system, including damaged sprinkler heads.