How to Check for LEAKS
Studies show that dripping faucets and leaking toilets account for as much as 14% of all indoor
water use, equivalent to 10 gallons per person of water lost per day.
Read Your Water Meter - Use your water meter to check
for leaks in your home. Start by turning off all faucets and water-using appliances and make sure no one uses water during
the testing period.
Take a reading on your water meter, wait for
about 30 minutes, and then take a second reading. If the dial has moved, you have a leak.
Check for Leaky Toilets - The most common
source of leaks is the toilet. Check toilets for leaks by placing a few drops of food coloring in the tank. If after 15 minutes
the dye shows up in the bowl, the toilet has a leak.
can usually be repaired inexpensively by replacing the flapper.
Toilets can account for almost 30% of all indoor water use, more than any other fixture or appliance.
Older toilets (installed prior to 1994)
use 3.5 to 7 gallons of water per flush and as much as 20 gallons per person per day.
Replacing an old toilet with a new model can save the typical
household 7,900 to 21,700 gallons of water per year, cutting both your water and wastewater bills.
An average of 20% of all toilets leak!!
out this video - WATER LEAK
Check for Leaky Faucets - The next place to check for leaks is your sink and bathtub faucets.
Replacing the rubber O-ring or washer inside the valve can usually repair dripping faucets.
The following table at the bottom of this page shows the amount of water that can be
lost ( and billed to your account ) for various size leaks.
How Much Water Do I Use?
How many customers ask the question "how much water does the average person use each day?. The answer to this
question. The answer to this question requires a definition of the average person". In general, per capiti water use
ranges from about 40 to 80 gallons per day (gpd). The following chart shows estimates of personal water use:
1701 Harry Byrd Highway, Darlington, SC 29540 * Office: 843-393-8131 * Fax: 843-393-3834 * Email: email@example.com