The average home wastes over 10,000 gallons of water per year – more than enough to fill a backyard swimming pool.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s annual Fix a Leak Week (March 18-24) is to encourage Americans to use water efficiently by finding and fixing leaks. Repairing minor leaks, such as running toilets, leaky faucets, and dripping shower heads, can save a family as much as 10 percent on its utility bills and save water for future generations.
Free Leak Detection Kits! Request to have a Leak Detection Kit mailed to you for free! Or visit the City’s Library or Utility Billing Office March 18-24 to pick up free dye tablets, plumbers tape, and information about places to check for leaks in your home.
Minor water leaks, across the nation, waste more than 1 trillion gallons each year – equal to the annual household water use in 11 million homes.
- Make sure no water is running inside or outside (washers are off, etc.)
- Go outside to your meter box and open the lid.
- Watch the face of the meter for five minutes to see if there’s movement.
- The top middle section of the meter will show an arrow to indicate water is flowing through the meter. If no arrow appears, there’s no water moving through the meter, so no leak. Sometimes toilets leak slowly, then fill up suddenly, so make sure to watch the dial for several minutes.
- If the arrow is there, you’ve got a leak.
You can check the meter yourself for any indication of leaks, or call 512-218-5555 to request your meter be checked.
- Toilets – Drop dye tablets (request free dye tablets) or a little food coloring into the toilet tank, if color appears in the toilet bowl, you likely have a leaking flapper. Flappers are inexpensive and can be purchased at local hardware stores.
- Faucets – Old washers and gaskets frequently cause leaks in faucets. YouTube has numerous tutorials on how to fix a dripping faucet.
- Showerheads – Some leaky showerheads can be fixed by making sure they’re screwed in tight and by using pipe tape to secure it. For more complicated valve leaks, contact a licensed plumber.
- Irrigation System – Look for soggy areas around your foundation and irrigation system. City water customers can schedule a free irrigation system audit by contacting Jessica Woods at 512-671-2872 or via email.
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