In the next few weeks, you should know what to do if your water main breaks, and how to fix it.
The new rules, issued by the State Water Resources Board, go into effect Jan. 1.
They include a new rule that states if a water main break results in a loss of one to two inches of water volume in a 24-hour period, the water must be treated immediately and the source of the leak removed.
It’s a new system that the state says will reduce the amount of water you have to treat.
It also requires that all new water pipes be tested for leaks every 30 days.
The rules apply to water pipes that were installed after Jan. 31.
You can see the full list of rules here.
The first rule will come into effect for the first time on Jan. 2, 2018, so expect some water main problems to crop up before then.
If you have an older, leaking water main, it could be leaking into the pipes that run into your home.
If the water is still leaking into your house, you’ll have to either flush the system or replace it.