My water bill jumped from $80 per month to $490 per month. My wife just paid the big bill and did not notice the big jump the first time it occurred. The following month the water company called and left a massage on the answer machine informing me of high water usage. I looked at the bills and confirmed the big increase in water usage. I turned off the water line coming into the house and went to the water meter and saw that a little red triangle was rotating. I could not notice movement the numbers indexing on an odometer like like device but the red triangle was spinning pretty fast. I noticed that there was a valve on the meter. Using a pair of big channel locks, I turned that valve 90 degrees; this brought two holes together that looked like they were made for a pad lock to lock the water shut. After I turned that valve the red triangle stopped spinning. I phoned a local plumber that has done some work on my home in the past and who I trust. He told me that if the red triangle is turning that it means I have a leak in the water line leading to my house. The plumber ask me if I bought the insurance for water line protection. I told him that "I did not." My house is at least 150 yards up a steep hill from the meter. The plumber asked me if I had a copper water line or plastic. He told me that that if it was copper there is an instrument that can locate the leak but if it's plastic. The leak can not be found. He told me that he would need to dig up my line until he found the leak. He told that he could come to my house early next week with his back hoe. Now I regretted not opting to buy the $9.25 per month water line protection insurance. I remembered a conversation I had with my wife and telling her not to pay for the for that extra insurance. I looked closely at the water bill and notice that wife had ignored me and has been paying for the water line insurance, in spite of me telling her not to. God bless her! After an hour of dealing with telephone robots and getting no where, I started to curse in Polish into the phone. I really do not speak Polish but when I was kid our Polish neighbor taught me some Polish phrases. I have found that often helps defeat telephone robots and gets me to a human. It worked! I got in touch with an actual human being. They are sending someone Monday to locate the leak. I called the local plumber back and told him that I discovered that I do have insurance for the waterline. He told me that the water company has their own people that they prefer to use. When my house was first built they did not have water service and used well water. Later when a waterline became available, they hooked into the county water line. I think I can turn I few valves and flip an electrical switch and activate that old pump. At least I'll have water to flush to toilets and fill the bath tub. I'm not sure that old pump still works? In the mean time I made a trip to Sam's Club and purchased a lot of bottled water.