The Water Utility encounters numerous water accounts with high water usage. The majority of these are due to leaking toilets. The flapper valves in the tank leaking through or the water level in the tank too high. We would like to make our customers aware of this potential problem.
We encourage our customers to regularly check their toilets for any leaks. We will provide the customer with “dye strips” that can be placed in the toilet tank that will indicate a leakage.
Water Usage Fact: A continuous leak from a 1/16” hole at 60 psi water pressure will waste approximately 24,000 gallons of water per month.
Another way to see if you have a water leak in your home is to read your house water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not stay exactly the same, then you have a leak.
This is a typical home water meter register. The numbers in white are the meter reading used to calculate the usage. The red hand is the sweep hand and every complete round will be 10 gallons. The small dial is called a “leak detector” and if turning, it indicates a flow of water through the meter.
* Of all the water that enters each household, about 95% of it ends up down the drain.
* If you shorten your showers by just a single minute, you can save approximately 700 gallons of water in a month.
* Letting the tap run when you brush your teeth wastes up to 4 gallons of water every time.
* It takes an average of 300 gallons to water your lawn. During the summer, this can account for almost half of your water usage.
* Every time you throw your clothes in the washer, you use about 50 gallons of water.
* Globally 70 percent of water is used for irrigation, 22 percent for industry and just 8 percent for domestic household use.
* Toilets are the #1 guzzler of indoor water. Old toilets use about 5 to 7 gallons a flush; even not-so-old toilets use 3-1/2 gallons a flush. Try filling a large plastic bottle with water, cap it, and place it inside the water tank. The bigger the container, the more water you save.
* Water evaporates 30 percent faster when you operate your sprinklers at midday. Try watering in the morning (before 9 a.m.) or in the evening (after 6 p.m.)