Wa­ter leak found early

The Weekly Vista - - News - From Staff Re­ports

Many Face­book users take ad­van­tage of the lo­cal groups to com­plain about the area, but some­times there’s good news. One mem­ber of the Bella Vista Neigh­bors Face­book group re­ported that the Bella Vista Wa­ter Util­ity had saved him some money. Wa­ter Util­ity Su­per­in­ten­dent Char­lie Holt wasn’t sur­prised.

The Face­book user re­ported that his chil­dren had left an out­side faucet on af­ter play­ing in the wa­ter. When he came home the next day, he found a wa­ter util­ity worker check­ing the me­ter be­cause of the con­tin­u­ous flow it was record­ing.

It’s not un­usual, Holt said. Most of the me­ters in Bella Vista have the abil­ity to de­tect a con­tin­u­ous flow when the me­ter is read. When that hap­pens, the de­part­ment sends an em­ployee out to knock on the door or, at least, leave a door hanger telling the res­i­dent there’s a prob­lem. Usu­ally, the prob­lem is mi­nor — a faucet left on or a bad flap­per on a toi­let, but it can be more se­ri­ous. A break in a wa­ter line on the res­i­dent’s side can cost thou­sands of dol­lars in ex­tra wa­ter us­age, he said. In ad­di­tion, the wa­ter could be caus­ing other dam­age.

Un­for­tu­nately, the leak de­tec­tion only works when the me­ter is read, Holt said. Be­cause wa­ter me­ters are read from a ve­hi­cle driv­ing a spe­cific route, some peo­ple prob­a­bly don’t re­al­ize when their me­ter is read.

Luck­ily, for one Face­book user, the me­ter was read only the day af­ter his kids left the faucet on.

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