Be a Leak Seeker
If you think you may have a water leak, your water meter is your best detective.
- Turn off all faucets and water-using appliances, such as the dish and clothes washers.
- Locate your water meter.
- Note the position of the sweep hand, or use a marker on the lens cover to mark the position.
- Wait 20-30 minutes and check the sweep hand location again. If the sweep hand has moved, you probably have a leak somewhere in your system.
- Most meters have a red “telltale” indicator. If you see it moving when all water is off, you probably have a leak.
Looking For Leaks
- Your toilet may have a silent leak.
- Check for moist spots around and under the house plumbing and around outdoor plumbing.
- Drips, unseen or unfixed, they can drip hundreds, even thousands, of gallons of water wastefully down the drain.
Here is a handy chart to help you gauge just how much water you can lose when leaks occur.
|Estimated Water Loss Through Leaks (http://www.awwa.org/waterwiser/)|
|Number of Drips Per Minute||Gallons of Water Wasted Per Day||Gallons of Water Wasted Per Month||Gallons of Water Wasted Per Year|