Over the years he’s put in various stop valves to isolate sections of our pipe and help locate any problem. This leak of course was in the horrendously overgrown gulley behind our house.
All fixed for now. In the past we haven’t worried too much about the lost water as the authority won’t send anyone into the pit to read the meter and they have charged us very little, though this year we have already paid 100 euro. However speaking to Pietro who has a house in our road that is barely used for 4 weeks in the year, he told us he’d had a bill for 400 euro recently. He said he’s not paying it and I don’t blame him. We are responsible for the leaks between the meter and our house, the pipes are badly installed close to the surface and directly onto rocks that puncture the plastic pipes, our water comes directly from source with no treatment and no checks on quality, they should be paying is to drink it.