Checking Your Meter
How to Check Your System for a Possible Leak
It is very important that all customers know the location of their water meter and the process to check for a possible leak
in their system. Here are the steps:
Find Your Meter
Most water meters are in the right-of-way at the edge of
the road near the property line.
Meters are enclosed in a plastic box and lid, or
a concrete box with a metal lid. Removing the cover will expose the meter.
The use of gloves is recommended to avoid grabbing slugs or insects.
A flashlight will also prove useful. It is common for the meter box
to be filled with water or dirt, so
removal of any fill may be required. Moles love to
use the boxes as a dumping ground for excavated dirt.
If there are multiple
meters in the box or multiple boxes, check the meter number on the cap with the meter
number that appears on your water bill. If you are still uncertain, call the district office at 425-788-2885.
Determine Your Meter Type
The district currently utilizes 2 different types of meters. Click
here to determine
Checking for a Leak
Turn off ALL faucets and any water use appliances to
ensure no water is being used inside or outside your
Open your meter box and observe your meter's flow indicator for several minutes
for any sign of water flow.
If your meter shows water flow, you may have a leak and should take immediate
action to confirm, locate and make repairs. The longer actions are delayed,
the more expensive it will become. Leaks often increase in size and flow
If you Suspect a Leak
Inform the Water District of your suspected leak. While the district is NOT
responsible for ANY aspect of property owner's system, the district may be able
to assist in the confirmation and location of a leak. The water district does not
go on private property to repair lines as they are owned by, and are the
responsibility of the property owner.
Take actions to repair the leak as soon as possible. Don't wait.
The longer action is delayed,
the more expensive it will become. A leak will not heal itself or lessen
Leaks often increase exponentially in size and flow as lines continue to
If you are unable to locate or repair the leak yourself there are a few different
options available to solve the problem:
* Call a leak detection service to try and locate the leak. Check the internet or yellow
pages under "Leak Detection" for local companies.
There are several methods used to find leaks, such as listening devices or
chemicals. Ask a lot of questions when calling around to help you decide who
should do the work. Most leak detection services only find leaks,
and do not make repairs.
* Call a plumber to repair the leak. Again, it is important to ask a lot of
questions when calling for plumbing information. Some plumbers will
locate and repair the leak, others will only perform repairs after a leak has been
located. You may want to contact family, friends, or neighbors for referrals.
Water District 119 cannot provide referrals.
Many properties in the district have water lines that are very old. These lines,
especially when made of metal, can corrode and weaken over time. In countless
instances customers have repaired a leak, only to have another occur a few months
Since district policy permits only one
leak credit per 3 year time period,
repeatedly "patching" an aging line can prove to be extremely expensive.
In order to limit the inconvenience, work and expense of repeated repairs, many
customers opt to simply replace their water lines by digging a trench
paralleling the existing line, and installing a new one with modern, durable
materials. This will help to eliminate future leaks and expense.
Should you choose to replace your line, it is prudent to contact a utility line
locating service before any digging begins so that damage and injuries caused by
disturbing existing utility lines can be
For information about the district's leak credit policy click