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How do I tell if my neighbors are connected to my water meter? Answered

I live in a three apartment unit and there are two water meters. My landlord insists that my other two neighbors are connected and pays for their water. As a single unit with one meter, he can stick me with the bill. However, I have been having some exceptionally high water bills in my current apartment and I suspect that one of my neighbors might be connected to my water supply. Is there any way I can tell, short of calling a plumber and having the water turned off?

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kevinhannan
kevinhannan

Best Answer 11 years ago

All you have to do is tell your water company - afaik they are obliged by law to investigate.

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EzekielG5
EzekielG5

Reply 2 years ago

@kevinhannan Wrong! Wisconsin does NOT have any such law. Water/Electric company does not have to investigate they tell YOU to hire someone to do that for you like a plumber.

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bowmaster
bowmaster

11 years ago

Don't use any water for a month and see what the bill says.

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SunnieO
SunnieO

Answer 3 years ago

Turn your water off fir a month and see how you get on with no water. Really some people just dont have a clue.

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Adam Manick
Adam Manick

10 years ago

Wait until they leave the house and see if the meter is different from when they were in the house. Also check and make sure you don't have a leak

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Robbie245
Robbie245

11 years ago

Turn everything off in your home and check the GALLONS on your water meter. Come back several hours later and see if the GALLONS USED has changed.

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Jawa888
Jawa888

11 years ago

 Tie them to a chair and touture them

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MaDoGK
MaDoGK

11 years ago

Turn of all the taps, the washing the machine etc. And check the meterto see if its still turning<br /><br />It should look like this:<br />http://www.savewatersavemoney.co.uk/control/image/large/save-water-water-meter-1.jpg <br />

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acidbass
acidbass

11 years ago

either that or your bill sky rockets LOL

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hishealer
hishealer

11 years ago

I had to check for a leak this way, and found a serious leak outside of my apartment building. The water company man came out and had us to turn off all our sinks and such, then he watched the dial. If it still turns... something is wrong! We got them to reverse the charges for the leak this way.

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dbshortwave
dbshortwave

11 years ago

Get together with your other neighbors. Ask them if they would mind to have a test done on there water to make sure the landlord isn't shorting them or sticking you with the bill. If they think it could be a problem with it. you need get together and have your local water authority come out and make the landlord either correct the problem by adding another meter or take the other meter out and make the water included. If neither don't work find a new place to live the landlords a slumlord.

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Infinitevortex
Infinitevortex

11 years ago

You might try asking your neighbour to flush a toilet while you watch the meter. (At my place, there's a little piece of plastic in the water meter which spins when the water flows.)

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Re-design
Re-design

11 years ago

Talk to the city water department . They should come out and turn off your water and see if the other tenants scream. I would do it early in the morning when the others might be showering. It's a nice sound in the morning when you're right! Good luck.

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orksecurity
orksecurity

Answer 11 years ago

Or: See if there's a cut-off valve just downstream from your meter which will let you turn off your water supply (there should be), and again see whether they complain. But do check carefully for dripping faucets, leaking toilet valves, etc. It's surprising how many gallons one drop per second can add up to.

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Foehammer358
Foehammer358

Answer 11 years ago

yeah, a sink dripping 1 drop a secon is 27 gallons of hot water (xD) down the drain (xD) a day.