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Old 07-04-2012, 06:15 AM   #46
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ddawg had simplest solution. When you see his sprinklers on shut the water off to your house.

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Get that camera---My guess---they just sneak into the yard when you aren't home and hook a hose onto your fixture--
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Get that camera---My guess---they just sneak into the yard when you aren't home and hook a hose onto your fixture--
Good idea. A game camera would work great for this.
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Get that camera---My guess---they just sneak into the yard when you aren't home and hook a hose onto your fixture--
Another good posibility......

If that is the case...the OP must be gone a lot and the other neighbors blind....if he was doing that, you would think 'someone' would see him.
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I would love to know how this issue was resolved. Did you catch the guy? Or did you find something else.
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Get that camera---My guess---they just sneak into the yard when you aren't home and hook a hose onto your fixture--
I second that.
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Wow. I found this forum and thread after googling "neighbor water theft" because I might have a similar situation.
The water district called us about 4 months ago and informed us that our bill, normally $120, was tripled. They had caught the unusual usage and were checking it out.
I had no explanation. Except for the spinning leak detection dial on the meter, there were no signs of a leak even with everything turned off. I closed the ball valve to the house and left the irrigation system gate valve open, and the meter kept going. I closed the gate valve to the irrigation system - the meter stopped. Then I opened the valve to the house, and the meter was still stopped. I left the irrigation valve closed and our bill dropped to $88.

Now that summer is raging I have had to open the irrigation valve, and our bill hit $332, and today the bill came. $496!

We have an acre, so our irrigation system is fairly large. I have looked everywhere and dug a bunch of holes, followed pipes by trenching, replaced any fitting, pipe, or valve that had moisture around it, still the meter spins. Our yard looks like Gophersaurus has moved in.

I had a local leak detection company come out and for $250 they couldn't find anything. They said it would take at least 2 bottles of tracer gas to pressurize the system because the previous owner that installed it many years ago cobbled it together out of 3" PVC, 2" PVC, and anything else he could scrounge up. We said that we would hold off on the tracer gas.

Today when we got the bill for $496, we called the water district. They came right out and tried to help, and that's when the light went on.

At one time, our lot was part of a much larger parcel, and a well provided water to the irrigation. When the lots were split, the water was plumbed through our meter and since the well was on the other lot it fell into disuse.
I don't know the status of the pipe or where it is, but my neighbor's lot is nice and green and mine is rapidly drying out and dying.

If the pipe is still there and was merely shut off with a valve, it would be as easy as turning the handle to access our water.
I'm going to have to dig a trench along the property line to try to find the pipe, if it still exists. Or I could get some coat hangers...
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I would love to know how this issue was resolved. Did you catch the guy? Or did you find something else.
The OP has not been on in over a year.....I guess we will never know.
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Wow. I found this forum and thread after googling "neighbor water theft" because I might have a similar situation.
The water district called us about 4 months ago and informed us that our bill, normally $120, was tripled. They had caught the unusual usage and were checking it out.
I had no explanation. Except for the spinning leak detection dial on the meter, there were no signs of a leak even with everything turned off. I closed the ball valve to the house and left the irrigation system gate valve open, and the meter kept going. I closed the gate valve to the irrigation system - the meter stopped. Then I opened the valve to the house, and the meter was still stopped. I left the irrigation valve closed and our bill dropped to $88.

Now that summer is raging I have had to open the irrigation valve, and our bill hit $332, and today the bill came. $496!

We have an acre, so our irrigation system is fairly large. I have looked everywhere and dug a bunch of holes, followed pipes by trenching, replaced any fitting, pipe, or valve that had moisture around it, still the meter spins. Our yard looks like Gophersaurus has moved in.

I had a local leak detection company come out and for $250 they couldn't find anything. They said it would take at least 2 bottles of tracer gas to pressurize the system because the previous owner that installed it many years ago cobbled it together out of 3" PVC, 2" PVC, and anything else he could scrounge up. We said that we would hold off on the tracer gas.

Today when we got the bill for $496, we called the water district. They came right out and tried to help, and that's when the light went on.

At one time, our lot was part of a much larger parcel, and a well provided water to the irrigation. When the lots were split, the water was plumbed through our meter and since the well was on the other lot it fell into disuse.
I don't know the status of the pipe or where it is, but my neighbor's lot is nice and green and mine is rapidly drying out and dying.

If the pipe is still there and was merely shut off with a valve, it would be as easy as turning the handle to access our water.
I'm going to have to dig a trench along the property line to try to find the pipe, if it still exists. Or I could get some coat hangers...
Let us know what you find out.
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If you don't use the irrigation system then just leave the valve off.
Try disconnecting some of the joints you have exposed and capping them. Turn on the valve and see if the meter still spins. This way you can eliminate a section as the leak or prove them to be the leaky section.
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If your neighbor has a sprinkler system where you can see when he is watering his lawn, turn the water off and back on a couple of times to see if it affects his sprinklers.
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I believe you have a leak somewhere. You just need to find it.
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If that was true, how come he's getting any water bill?
Parrellel connection??
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I would bet you are pumping water down thr old well.
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I would bet you are pumping water down thr old well.
That's what I'm thinking, too. Recharging the aquifer is not in my budget!
That would explain the constant flow. A direct connection would be intermittent.

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