Links to Water Conservation & Leak Detection Information

Underground water leak information provided by the Portland Water Bureau;
http://www.portlandoregon.gov/water/article/278747

Quote from the Bureau:
“If you suspect a leak, you may need to hire a professional leak detection company to pinpoint its exact location and a contractor to perform the repairs. There are leak detection service companies listed in the yellow pages under Leak and Pipe Locating. Any utility contractor should be able to repair a leak once the location is known.”

Water rates may increase 5.2% in Washington County and parts of Multnomah and Clackamas counties
http://www.oregonlive.com/washingtoncounty/index.ssf/2011/04/water_rates_may_increase_52_in.html

Link from the City of Longview regarding water leaks & how to test for them;
http://user.govoutreach.com/longview/faq.php?cid=10769

Link regarding water conservation provided by the City of Tumwater;
http://www.ci.tumwater.wa.us/City%20Departments/Public%20Works/Tum_Conservation_2009.pdf

Link from the City of Olympia with regards to drinking water & conservation;
http://olympiawa.gov/city-utilities/drinking-water.aspx

Link and information provided by the City of Salem;
http://www.cityofsalem.net/DEPARTMENTS/PUBLICWORKS/OPERATIONS/CUSTOMERSERVICES/Pages/LeakDetection.aspx

**Leak Detection: If you suspect a water leak, turn off all the faucets in the house. Check your water meter to see if the flow detector (a small red or black marker) is moving.
**If the flow detector moves, then stops, then moves again, it is a good indication that your toilet valve is leaking or that there may be a very small leak.
**If the flow detector moves slowly, it is a good indication that you have a small leak.
**If the flow detector moves rapidly, it is a good indication that you have a break in your line – check for soggy areas in your yard or under your house.
**Once the repairs are made, call our Account Maintenance staff at 503-588-6099 for a possible leak adjustment on your bill.

Unrepaired leaks can be costly! – View this link to Washington State Department of Health:
http://www.doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/DrinkingWater/WaterSystemDesignandPlanning/WaterUseEfficiency/Unrepairedleaks.aspx

Water Conservation tips from Clark Public Utilities:
http://www.clarkpublicutilities.com/index.cfm/your-home/water/water-conservation/

How to read your water meter……link information provided by the City of Woodburn OR:
http://www.ci.woodburn.or.us/finance/meters.aspx

Pipe Facts Links:

The Early History of PVC Pipe
http://www.sewerhistory.org/articles/compon/pdfs/pvc_history.pdf

Helpful link – How to choose the right pipe?
http://www.soundhome.com/article/choosing-pipe

Water Trivia Facts – Link & information provided by the EPA
http://media.mgbg.com/wkrg/photos/weather/downloads/Water_Facts.pdf