cortlandt consolidated water district - water leaks

A small leak can be very costly.
How to check your meter to see if you have a leak:

Faucet Dripping Water

Meters in the Town of Cortlandt are positive displacement meters. This means that water must push the chamber forward in order for the numbers (the reading) to advance. This is important to know if you are experiencing high water usage.  All water that flows through a meter, whether used or wasted will be billed to the homeowner. 

An unusually HIGH usage is commonly the result of one or all of the following:

  • A Leaking Toilet (#1) can be constantly or intermittently running.  The water leaks from the tank into the bowl and sometimes cannot be heard.  You will not see any evidence of the leak but all your consumed water has gone down the drain.
  • Irrigation Sprinkler Heads that have been damaged or the piping underground can be cracked.  This type of leak usually remains underground and may not ever become visible anywhere on the ground surface.
  • A Failing Pressure Reducer can also produce higher pressure and flow throughout your home.  As a result leaks can develop from failing fixtures or pressure relief valves within your home.
  • Broken Service Lines from meter pits to your home.
  • Broken Pipes in crawl spaces.
  • Water Softener malfunctions resulting in constant cycling.
  • Intentionally Running Water to prevent freeze ups in winter.

Water Consumption During Summer Months - Typical water consumption increases during the summer months due to watering of lawns, gardening and topping off of swimming pools.

Current town of Cortlandt WATER METERS

All water accounts have a water meter located within its building or a meter pit commonly located out by the road.  Our meters consist of one of the following:

  •  Digital Register Head Meters:  You will see a leak icon on your meter when any trickle of water is passing through this type of meter.  


  •  Analog (Odometer Type) Register Head Meters:  You will see the red triangle turning clockwise when any trickle of water is passing through this type of meter. 


It is highly recommended that you know the location of your water meter and that it is accessible for inspection and repairs.  You should also check your meter head/register regularly to confirm there are no active leaks at your home.



Department of Environmental Services:  Water Division

Stephen J. Ferreira, P.E., Director

Billing Questions: 914-737-7676 X 114

Emergency Service: 914-734-1026 (24 hour answering service)