Frequently Asked Questions

In over 90% of the cases of higher than normal usage, the cause is a leaky toilet.  Toilets can pass a tremendous amount of water straight into the sewer, which is why you may not see any evidence of a leak.

If payment is not made, you will receive a Past Due notice ten (10) days beyond the billing due date.  Subsequently, you will receive a Posting Notice ten (10) days before payment in a timely fashion, you should call Customer Service at (215) 675-3301 ext. 204 to make payment arrangements and avoid possible service interruptions.

Call the Customer Service Department at (215) 675-3301 ext. 204.

To determine your options, you should call the Customer Service Department at (215) 675-3301 ext. 204.

If you believe your bill is incorrect, you may call our Customer Service Department at (215) 675-3301 ext 204 to speak to a Customer Service Associate.

Bills can be paid at the our office which is located at 415 Gibson Ave., Warminster, PA 18974

Water meters are positive displacement devices.  They cannot register usage unless water under pressure flows through them.  Water meters fail by slowing down and eventually stopping.  If you feel your meter is malfunctioning, it can be flow-tested for accuracy by written request.  The current fee is $25.00 plus $100.00 meter installation fee, but can vary based on meter size.  If the meter should fail the flow-test, a new meter will be installed at no expense to the customer, and the $125.00 will be refunded.  If, however, the meter tests out to be accurate, the $125.00 fee will stand.

Typically services will not be disconnected; however, a final inspection and reading of the meter must be scheduled.  You can accomplish this by calling our Customer Service Department at (215) 675-3301 ext. 204 to schedule and appointment.  A WMA representative will meet you, or your agent, at your property at the scheduled time.  The final bill will be calculated and sent to the title company for settlement.

You will need to call our Customer Service Department at (215) 675-3301 ext. 204 to speak to a Customer Service Associate.  The representative will advise you of the amount due, including any penalty or posting fees.  Once payment is received, your service will be restored.  There is a servie restoration fee of $40.00 if water is turned on by 3:30 p.m.  After 3:30 p.m., an after hours fee of $175.00 will be assessed to your account.

If payment is not made, you will receive a Past Due notice ten (10) days beyond the billing due date.  Subsequently, you will receive a Posting Notice ten (10) days before payment in a timely fashion, you should call Customer Service at (215) 675-3301 ext. 204 to make payment arrangements and avoid possible service interruptions.

Although the minerals in drinking water are beneficial to good health, the aesthetic effects cause by hardness are the most common reasons to soften water.  The typical equipment used for this purpose is the ion exchange softener.  Softening is accomplished with synthetic resin media by exchanging ions of calcium and magnesium that attribute to hardness with ions of sodium.  Although this method of softening produces water with zero hardness, it is important to understand the limitations of the process.

  • Ion exchange softeners increase the sodium content of the treated water and may be potentially harmful to persons that are on sodium restricted diets or are just health conscious. People should limit or restrict the amount of softened water they consume for food preparation.
  • The softening process removes the chlorine residual from the water and may accelerate bacteria growth within the plumbing system.
  • The disposal of spent brine solution and rinse water from softener regeneration is becoming a major problem and can impact wastewater treatment facilities and septic systems.  Softener byproducts are corrosive to material they contact and possess varying toxic levels in relationship with the environment.

Water is referred to as the "universal solvent" because, over the course of time, water will dissove or erode almost any material that it is in contact with.  It is this natural occurance that attributes to the hardness of water.

Water hardess is normally referred to as a measure of the soap or detergent consuming power of water.  Technically, hard water is water having a high concentration of calcium and magnesium ions.  These, along with other minerals, are commonly present in all natural water.

When water that contains any degree of hardness evaporates or is heated in typical household water heating equipment, it can leave residual mineral deposits.  In the water industry hardness is expressed in terms of milligrams per liter (mg/l).  In the water treatment business, however, hardness is most often expressed in terms of grains per gallon (gr/gal).  The conversion factors is 17.1 mg/l equal 1gr/gal of hardness.

The table below describes the various textbook levels of hardness and their classifications:

Description Hardness (mg/l) Hardness (gr/gal)
Extremely Soft 0-45 0-2.6
Soft 46-90 2.6-5.2
Moderately Hard 91-130 5.2-7
Hard 131-170 7.6-9.9
Very Hard 171-250 10.0-14.6
Excessively Hard over 250 over 15

As water seeps through the ground (or percolates) to reach the aquifers, it is filtered and purified through the many layers of earth at the same time, water may dissolve and retain the naturally occuring minerals it comes in contact with.  This is why ground water (or well water) does not usually need to be treated or filtered.  Higher levels of dissolved solids, constant cool temperatures, and low levels of dissolved oxygen characterize ground water.  However, ground water may contain an abundance of the minerals that contribute to hardness.

Water that comes from streams, rivers and lakes is exactly the opposite. Surface water accumulates mainly as a result of direct rain or snow.  It does not percolate through the ground and does not pick up the elevated levels of dissolved minerals that attributte to water hardness.  For the most part, surface water is referred to as "naturally soft", although is is not mineral free.  In general, turbidity, suspended solids, rapid temperature fluctuations, and high levels of dissolved oxygen characterize surface water.

Water hardness is a measure of the mineral content of water.  "Hard" water takes more soap to create lather than "soft" water

The state and federal government madate disinfecting.  Chlorine is a disinfectant use to remove any harmful bacteria from the drinking water and to ensure safe water throughout the distribution system.

No.  While traces of flourides may be indigenous to ground water, WMA does not deem it feasible, or cost effective, to flouridate as only 10% of our output is used for human consumption.  If you have concerns, you should contact your dentist or healthcare provider.

Heat the water until bubbles come from the bottom of the pot to the top. Once the water reaches a rolling boil, let it boil for 1 minute. Turn off the heat source and let the water cool. Pour the water into a clean container with a cover for storage.

ACH

Contact WMA Customer Service to request a cancellation form notifying us that you wish to discontinue ACH payments.  Please note that all names on the bank account will need to sign the cancellation request.  Once your bank and WMA have cancelled the payment option, the automatic payment will not be withdrawn from your account.  You should begin payment by cash or check at this time.

You will need to fill out a new ACH application so we have your updated information.

Please be aware that you will need to have the money in your account the day the withdrawl is made.  If there are not sufficient funds, your account will be considered delinquent and penalties will apply.

Yes. You will still receive a bill detailing your water usage, amount due and the amount that will be deducted.  Please keep in mind that this amount will vary for each bill based on your water usage.

Your bank account will be drafted the day prior to the Due Date that is printed on the top portion of your WMA bill.  The bottom portion of your bill will display the draft due date as well as the amount to be drafted.

WMA does not charge for this service.  It's free!

You avoid late fees, postage, checks, mailing or having to pay in person, and credit/debit card processing fees.  It's all electronic; all you do is maintain a sufficient bank account balance.

The Automatic Clearing House (ACH) Program is a convenient way to pay your water bill at no extra cost to you.  We automaticaly draft (debit) the amount of your bill from your bank account.

If you own a car, maintain it so it does not leak oil or other fluids.  Be sure to wash it on the grass or at a car wash so the dirt and soap do not flow down the driveway into the nearest stormdrain.

Dispose of all trash in a can and pick up debris on the ground.  Do not litter!

Never apply fertilizers or pesticides before heavy rain.  If fertilizer falls onto driveways or sidewalks, sweet it up instead of hosing it away.

Keep lawn and household chemicals tightly sealed and stored where rain cannot reach them.  Dispose of old or unwanted chemicals at household hazardous waste collection sites or events.

Mulch leaves and grass clippings or place in bags at the curb.

Turn your gutter downspouts away from hard surfaces, seed bare spots in your yard to avoid erosion and consider building a rain garden in low lying areas of your lawn.

Pet owners should pick up after their pets and dispose of pet waste in the garbage.

"Best Management Practices" is a term used to describe the different ways to keep pollutants out of runoff and to slow down high volumes of runoff.  Keeping pollutants from entering runoff, practicing erosion control measures, use of detention ponds to collect runoff and permeable paving are examples of a few "best management practices"

Streams and creeks feed into rivers, lakes, and the ocean.  We all drink water, so we are all affected when our water is polluted.  The cost to treat polluted water rises and the price of drinking water increases.  If you like to swim, fish, or go boating, you may have been affected by advisories warning against the use of the water for recreational purposes.

Impervious surface area is any material that significantly reduces or prevents natural infiltration of water into the soil.  Impervious surfaces include, but are not limited to, roofs, patios, balconies, decks, streets, parking areas, driveways, sidewalks and any concrete, stone, brick, asphalt, or compacted gravel surfaces.

The Federal Clean Water Act requires towns to take steps necessary to reduce stormwater runoff.  Towns are required to do the following:

  1. Conduct outreach and education about stormwater runoff.
  2. Provide opportunities for residents to participate in conversations and activites related to reducing polluted stormwater runoff.
  3. Detect illicit discharges.
  4. Control construction site runoff.
  5. Control post-construction site runoff.
  6. Perform municipal housekeeping to take steps to prevent runoff from town buildings and activities.

Pervious surfaces (also known as porous or permeable surfaces) allow water to percolate into the soil to filter out polutants and recharge the water table.

As stormwater makes its way to the nearest body of water, it can pick up and carry pollutants, such as pesticides, fertilizers, oil, and soap, which can pollute water when present in sufficient quantities.

Polluted water creates numerous costs to the public and to wildlife.  It costs more to clean up polluted water than to protect water from being polluted.  Sediment damages wildlife habitats, chemicals damage plants and animals as they enter the water and fertilizers use up oxygen affecting the ability of wildlife to survive.

Stormwater is water from rain or melting snow that "runs off" across land instead of seeping into the ground.  This runoff usually flows into the nearest stream, creek, river, lake or ocean.  The runoff is not treated in any way.