Across the country, easy-to-fix leaks can add up to more than one trillion gallons of lost water every year, not only wasting water but resulting in higher water bills.
The following guidelines and resources below offer ways to spot leaks and repair leaking faucets and toilets.
- Leak Detection Tips
- Participate in the next rain barrel workshop
- Water Conservation Tips
- Visit EPA Watersense for additional resources
Locating the leak
Most meter faces have a flow indicator. If there is no water being used at the time of inspection, and the flow indicator is moving or spinning, there may be a leak somewhere in or around your home.
Check your toilet
The most common toilet leaks are often the most costly because they represent the greatest water usage in the home. A leaky toilet can waste more than 200 gallons of water per day, 73,000 gallons a year!
Check your faucet
Another common source for leaks is the faucet. Leaking faucets are usually caused by worn washers or "O" rings. Water lost because of a delay in a leaky faucet repair can be more costly than buying replacement parts.