Water FAQsPpwsd Admin2022-03-15T22:00:45+00:00
Where does our water come from?
Perry Park’s water supply is a combination of surface water (rivers and lakes) and non-renewable groundwater from the Denver Basin aquifers. The surface water is withdrawn from the alluvial aquifers along West Plum Creek by 4 existing wells located in East Perry Park. The District also has two non-tributary wells located in West Perry Park.
What are my responsibilities regarding the water and sewer pipelines?
Perry Park owns, operates, maintains, and repairs all the water and sewer (wastewater) main lines. The main pipelines are the large pipelines that are generally located in the streets or open space, which serve more than one residence or facility.
The District maintains the water service pipelines from the main line to the homeowner’s property line. The property owner is responsible (owns) the water service pipelines from their property line to and throughout their home. With the wastewater pipeline, the property owner is responsible for the wastewater pipeline from their home until it connects to the main sewer pipeline. That is why it’s so important to NEVER put any oils, fats, or grease down the drain or flush anything but human waste and toilet paper down the toilet.
What could cause my water consumption to be higher than usual?
First, check for a possible leak inside your home. The most common causes of leaks are dripping faucets or toilets. You can get toilet tank leak detector tablets or place a few drops of food coloring in the toilet tank. Let it set (don’t flush the toilet) for 5 minutes. Then if any color appears in the bowl, the toilet is leaking. If your toilet is not leaking, the next most likely reason may be an outside leak or inefficient water use, possibly outside irrigation is set too high. The best way to determine if your irrigation system is leaking is by looking at your lawn. If you notice wet spots or pooling of water around your spray heads, this is a good indication that your irrigation system has a leak.
If I suspect a leak, how do I confirm it?
If you suspect a leak, the easiest way to confirm is to check the reading on your meter by taking the following steps:
- Make sure all faucets and water-using appliances, inside and out, are turned off. Leave the master water valve open.
- Then check the reading on your meter. Most of our meters are located outside in a meter pit. Older homes have meters located in the basement. Meters record the water usage into a home as indicated by a round dial that rotates as water is being used. You can call the District office to schedule someone to check for leaks.
- If there is no water being used (the meter isn’t moving) inside or outside the home. If, however, you’ve turned off all the faucets and no water appliances are using water and the meter continues to move or “creep”, it is often indicative of a leak or drip somewhere in your home’s water system. Many leaks only exist when the irrigation system is running.
If I have a confirmed leak in my home, what should I do?
You will first want to shut off the water source to stop the leakage. While repairing most in-home leaks, such as a toilet, is actually very easy, you might want to consult with a plumber or hardware store agent.
How can I water my lawn and still conserve water?
An easy way to conserve is to water early in the morning to prevent excessive evaporation. You can also use a sprinkler that makes large drops to ensure that your yard gets the water it needs to flourish under the restrictions. Watering can also be reduced by selecting low water demanding plants. Water-wise plants such as native plants, perennials and bushes will reduce your water bill while still adding a lot of color to your yard.