Making the transition to public water arrives with many uncertainties and can be nerve-racking to most homeowners. Aside from the worries about construction and mechanical cohesiveness are the infamous financial burdens typically associated with making thischange. Most municipalities charge hefty assessment fees depending on construction cost to build the water main and also by how much time has passed since the main was built. In order words, cities and counties usually increase your assessment costs the longer you wait to hook in to the water main; a maintenance cost shared by all property owners whether tied in or not. There are also certain benefits to connecting to public water. Health risks such as E. Coli and the presence of Coliform in your well or cistern would be eliminated. Another important reason to consider this switch is the resale value of your home, and in most cases, the ability to sell the home quicker once connected to public water.
In dispelling the myths surrounding the conversion from well & cistern water to public water, its easiest to study the project with a competent contractor trained in public utilities and whom has an extensive history of working with your local municipalities. Once the decision is made, permits are filed, and an installation date is scheduling. Depending on where you live, some cities and counties do the live tap of the main for the contractor, and some contractors do all the work themselves. Flow calculations, friction loss inside the pipe and fixture assessment inside the home all account for the proper sizing of the actual water service line which runs from the main into your home. Of course, provisions will be made for the public utility to install their meter on the line. And in some instances such as commercial structures or where property owners wish to keep their well or cistern for outdoor spigots, backflow prevention will be required. Once this is all completed, an inspection certifies the contractor has properly connected you to the water main and service is turned on.
While costing most homeowners a significant amount of upfront money, switching to public water is the best decision a homeowner can make. To make this easier for folks, most cities and counties are now allowing interested applicants to finance their water tap and assessment into their monthly water bills and for up to 6 years in some areas. A once safe and inexpensive approach to providing water in your home, wells and cisterns are becoming obsolete. Whether its bacteria and disease, yearly examinations from local health districts or the rising maintenance costs associated with your current water source, public water is just a phone call away!