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Question DetailsAsked on 5/23/2017

Can a condo directly behind me hook into my water through pipes in our Brooms causing a increase in my water bill?

A guy from the condo directly behind me ask me if my bathroom was leaking. (no, it wasn't). When i got my monthly bill it was much higher than it has ever been. Can he by-pass his water and and have his water run through mine causing an increase in the amount of water i use monthly?

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If he had a leak fixed, would have been VERY easy to tap into your line, if that is what you mean. And in that case your bill would probably (if comparable number of people in each unit) roughly double on a monthly basis (obviously less if part-month on first billing after the cross-connection).


Is it legal - absolutely not if you have separate water billing.


Course, you would have to prove this was done - probably by opening up your bathroom wall to expose your pipes (say with a fiber optic scope through about 1/2" hole) to prove the cross-connection, then you could pursue it either through the condo association/management firm, or by filing a theft (don't know if this would be considered property theft or theft of services) complaint with the police - who would want to see the cross-connection themselves before they would take any action.


Or just have it replumbed back the other way, with photo documentation and documenting ti with the condo management and them taking action by the condo association notifying him not to do it again.


Water utility probably will not help you if the connection was done on "your side" of the meter - though in a police case or lawsuit for the cost of water a subpoena of his water bills for the months before and after the cross-connection showing his bill dropped way off and yours went up proportionally would carry a lot of weight.


One other possibility - that it was YOUR pipe leaking but was only going into his unit, so that is why your bill is much higher. I would start with the condo management and see if they know anything about it.

Answered 1 year ago by LCD




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