When a Water Main Leak Is the County’s Responsibility or Yours

Municipal supply lines bring fresh water to our homes. They’re a vital part of everyday life, and one that we don’t often think about. Sometimes, these lines need to be repaired, or even replaced altogether. Depending on where the leak or issue occurs, the responsibility may fall on you, the homeowner, or the municipality. Here’s how to know whose responsibility a water main leak is. 

When a Water Main Leak Is the County’s Responsibility or Yours

County’s Responsibility

Your front yard may contain meters designed to determine how much water you’re using. A pipe runs from these meters to the water main, usually underneath the street. A service pipe connects you to the main line, providing water to your home. 

Leaks that occur between the meters and the water main are usually the county’s responsibility. An exception to this would be if you don’t maintain the area around the meters, as they’re incredibly important to making sure you get water, and must be accessible to the county at all times. 

Your Responsibility

As a homeowner, you actually own the water service lines that run through your front yard. As such, you’re responsible for the lines that run from the meters to your home. If there’s a leak in your yard, it’s most likely going to be your responsibility, and you’re going to need to call in a professional plumber to take care of the leak. 

Signs of a leak in your yard include pools of water on the ground, sinkholes, dirty water in your home, or an unusually high water bill. If you think you have a leak, turn off your water main supply, and contact a plumber as soon as you can. Letting a leak go can cause damage to your home, or your neighbor’s home and property

Professionals can help keep your water lines up and running.

If you think your water pipes may be in need of repair, it’s important to call a professional. At Rick’s Plumbing, we’ve been helping homeowners in New Haven and Fairfield Counties since 1992. To schedule a look at your pipes, call us today at (203) 874-6629.