If your house breaks a water main do you have to pay for all of the water that gets wasted?



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    The public water main usually runs under the street, ranching off to each house. If the break is on your property, which it would likely be if “your house” broke it, then that’s legally considered part of your house’s plumbing, and you would therefore be charged for it. Unless the break had occurred “upstream” of your house’s water meter, in which case the water company may not have any way of measuring the amount of wasted water to charge you. And since water supplies tend to be localized, laws may change depending on where you are. The best way for you to answer this question is to contact your local water and sewer works and ask.

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