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HM WATER SERVICES

Drinking water is a precious commodity. Make sure you have someone capable to operate and manage your system. Sometimes the maintenance of water treatment equipment can be the last thing on your mind.

Do you live on a community, group A or B well, or surface/spring water
supply? Are you a board member for your association? Do you volunteer to take care of the water system and take water samples in regularly? Are you prepared for a possible lawsuit or other enforcement action against you and the association board members if someone becomes ill and the cause is traced back to the water system?

The state of Washington is wanting to combine water systems that are not managed well or out of compliance with other systems having common borders so there may be better oversight and staffing. This almost always means higher costs to the homeowner, and may introduce water treatment to a source that was pristine and not treated. The best way to keep your system from being absorbed into another is making sure you are in compliance in all areas.
 
HM water Services is licensed to manage, maintain, and operate your
system keeping it in compliance, and do so at a rate lower than many others. We do not have engineering or laboratory staff on the payroll, and the associated office structures to pay for, so your association can save for those times when an engineering firm is required for expanding the system or sources.

HM Water Services can provide:

  • Water sampling for all comtaminates as required on your yearly WQMR and generate all required annual reports. 
  • Maintenance of the system, hands on and/or working with contractors. We are in your area, not accross the sound, so no travel fees are charged. On call/emergency service available.
  • Water treatment/filtration maintenance- chlorine, salt, filters, ozone.
  • Management and billing services if needed.
  • Offering consulting and services for water system compliance, well operation, treatment plant/ filtration issues, sodium hypochlorite, ion exchange.
  • Department of Health contract operator currently operating other systems near your neighborhood. 12 years experience

Contact Ron Ziesing at HM Water Services for more information
Washington DOH Certified CCS, WDM1, WTPO
206 369 3173
ziesings@yahoo.com
www.maplevalleyhandyman.com

 

We will always let you know when your equipment is ready for its annual maintenance.
 
Some systems do not like "pellet" salt as it has a certain amount of
adhesive in is composition. The adhesive gives the pellets its uniform shape but can adhere to the valve itself, causing you to have your equipment prematurely serviced.

Locate and Read your Water Meter

Water meters are typically located:

• In iron boxes sunk in the ground;   
• In the parking strip or sidewalk in front of or at the side of your

house;
• Covered by a 1x2 ft. metal plate.

 

Read Your Meter
• Using a small rod, crow bar or screwdriver to lift the lid off the
cover.
• Write down the last three (3) numbers printed on the meter cap.
• Lift the cap and write down the 4 black and 2 red numbers on the meter
from left to right just as you would a car/ mileage odometer.
• Lower the cap, and securely replace the metal cover.

Use Your Water Meter to Detect Leaks

Leaks are a common cause of higher-than-expected water bills. Your water meter may be your most useful tool in identifying water leaks on your property.

To check for leaks

1. Locate your water meter. Water meters are usually located in the parking strip or in the sidewalk at the front or side of the house. If you are unable to check your water meter yourself, contact your utility for assistance.
 
2. Locate the shut-off valve for your building. The shut-off valve can
be indoors or outdoors. Some buildings may have more than one shut-off valve. If you don’t have a shut-off valve, we advise that you arrange for a plumber to install one.

3. Turn off all water faucets and appliances that use water. Check the
position of the "1 cubic foot" dial on your water meter and record your reading.
4. After 30 minutes, record another meter reading.

Compare your readings. Your 2 readings should be the same because no water should have been used.

• If the dial has moved, you have a leak.
 
• If the needle on the "1 cubic foot" dial is moving, close the
building’s shut-off valve. If the dial stops, your leak is inside the building. Check running toilets and faucets.
 
• If the dial continues to move when the building’s shut-off valve is
closed, you have an underground leak between the water meter and the shut-off valve.

Keep Your Water Meter Accessible

If a meter reader can quickly collect a reading from your meter on the first visit to your property, it helps keep utility costs down, which benefits all customers in helping to keep rates stable.

Trees, bushes and plantings

• Trim bushes, trees, and grass that block the way or cover the meter. During the growing season, plants can cover a water meter box very quickly.
• Please minimize plants in the area which meter readers must travel to
get to your meter. We would like to avoid any accidental damage to your prized plantings.

Pets

• Keep pets away from the path that leads to your meter.
• If you have a guard dog for security, please let your utility know so
that we can make sure that our meter readers and other utility personnel are aware of this.
• We may ask that you arrange to confine the dog during the day that
your meter will be read.

Objects that cover or block your meter

• Please make sure that no objects are placed so that they cover or block access to the meter box. Items we have found blocking water meters include cars, trailers, garbage cans and recycling bins, construction equipment or supplies, landscape bark or gravel.

Locked gates

• If your meter is located behind a gate that is normally kept locked, please contact us to arrange access. We often obtain keys from customers who wish to secure their property, and as long as the lock is accessible from the exterior of the gate, this presents little problem for our meter readers’ access.

 Clean water starts at home

A major source of water pollution is runoff from your yard from rain and watering. Before our community was developed, rainfall soaked slowly into the ground or flowed to wetlands, streams and rivers. As buildings and pavement have replaced plants and topsoil, water runs off instead of soaking into the soil. Runoff goes to the storm drains and ditches. It picks up anything that floats or dissolves— litter, oil, gas, soap, fertilizer, weed killer, etc. Then it flows untreated to our local streams and aquifers. So why is water quality still a problem? Because what we do in our homes and yards can pollute the water. Join us in making sure every drop of water is clean water.


HM Water Services, a division of Home Maintenance Solutions  LLC             
Ron Ziesing, Owner                                                     206-369-3173
General Contractor's License #HOMEMMS934K1         
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