DID YOU KNOW?
If you feel that your water bill is too high and you have
not increased your day to day consumption, you may have a leak. Two of the
most common leaks have to deal with faucets and toilets.
If your toilet leaks, chances are, it is wasting enough
water to keep a small creek flowing. Don’t
assume that your toilet doesn’t leak because you can’t hear it…a
toilet has to leak 250 gallons (33 Cu Ft) a day before it can be heard.
Two quick checks can be made by completing the following
- Wait until your tank has filled and become quiet
- Remove the lid from back of tank – look to see if the water
level is below the overflow tube
If it is, proceed to next check
If it is at or over the tube – this is your problem, adjust the
- Next check: Drop a little red
or blue food coloring into the tank and
wait about 15 minutes.
- If without flushing, the water in your toilet bowl
changes color, you have a leak. (The seal needs to be replaced)
A slow drip from a faucet can waste 15 gallons (2 Cu Ft) of
water per day. Although that may seem a small number, but it can make a
significant difference on your bill.
A 1/32” Leak dripping from a faucet wastes 25
gallons (3.33 CF) in a 24 hour period
A 1/16” Stream from a faucet wastes 100 gallons
(13.33 CF) in a 24 hour period
A 1/8” Stream from a faucet wastes 400 gallons
(53.33 CF) in a 24 hour period
Not only do you want to check your inside faucets, but the
outside faucets also. Outside faucet leaks often go undetected because the
water they waste soaks into the ground.
What To Do
If you have reason to suspect a leak, your meter furnishes
you with an excellent checking device. To perform a leak test, turn off all
the faucets and other water outlets and watch the meter. The low flow
indicator – white triangle – is located in the center of the test hand or the –red
triangle or circle – is located on the right side. (This depends on which model
of a meter you have.) This indicator should not move when the water is not
running. If it does-there is a leak.