I heard water running one day in early January when I walked past the water meter in the side yard. That was unusual but I kind of forgot about almost immediately. However, the next day I got a letter from the water department letting me know that they had noticed a dramatic increase in my water usage.
Don opened up the cover and saw that there was a leak. I called the water department and the woman who answered said, "Well call a plumber and get it fixed." So I said, "Here you talk to the plumber who lives here." Don thought it was not something he would be able to get a part for since the leak was in part of the meter itself. A guy came to check it and said that Don was right, the leak was the county water district responsibility to fox and he would put a work order in. Almost three weeks went by and we did not anything.
Guess what -- the leak did not fix itself. In fact it got worse. When we had a small geyser in the yard and a stream of wasted water was steaming down the street, I called again. A little more frantic this time. It took a few more days and at least three different crews coming to look at it, but it was finally fixed and the nextdoor neighbor's was pre-emptively replaced as well.
until the $450 water bill arrived. The water department did send me a form to submit to have that readjusted.