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Update:November 9, 2018

Water

Applying for/stopping water service

Contact the Waterworks Bureau’s Telephone Service Center and give your name, address and the date you would like the service to begin (i.e., the move-in date). This can also be done through the Waterworks Bureau’s website at http://www.city.sapporo.jp/suido/ (Japanese).

Please contact the Waterworks Bureau’s Telephone Service Center when temporarily stopping service (for over 1 month) or restarting service. (You will not receive a water bill for the time period in which you stopped service. Possible reasons for stopping service include temporarity returning to your country, hospitalization, and more.)

Paying your water bill

Water fees, along with sewage fees, are charged every other month. (Some areas are charged monthy)
Bills can be paid automatically using the account transfer systems provided by financial institutions, or directly at financial institutions, convenience stores or Waterworks Bureau service offices.

In case of problems

If water does not run or stop, contact the appropriate Waterworks Bureau Water Distribution Management Section or the Telephone Service Center.

 

Be careful of freezing pipes

During winter in Sapporo, water sometimes freezes and water pipes burst. If this happens, your residence may flood or cause problems for residents downstairs, and you may be liable to pay significant damages in addition to the cost of repairs. Accordingly, when the nighttime temperature is forecast to fall below –4°C, when you will be away from home for a few days, and when the temperature is below freezing for the entire day, be sure to turn off the main water valve and open the taps to drain water remaining in the pipes. Ask your landlord how to do this on moving in. 
If a water pipe is frozen and water won't come out, or if the pipe bursts, call the appropriate Waterworks Bureau Water Distribution Management Section or the Telephone Service Center.