Unusually high usage? Read our suggestions on how to detect a leak.
Average water usage per person is approximately 50 gallons per day or 1.5 thousand gallons per month. If you use more than this amount, perhaps a leak is responsible. The following suggestions will help you check your property for a leak:
- Turn off all taps and water appliances. Read your meter before you go to bed, and again in the morning. If you have not used any water through the night, the meter should read the same. If the reading has changed, you may have a leak.
- Check for dripping faucets, leaking valves/pipes, hot water heaters, outside hoses/faucets.
- It is not unusual for a leaking toilet to lose up to 10 gallons an hour. To check for a leak in your toilet place several drops of food coloring in tank. Don’t flush the toilet for at least an hour. If the coloring goes into the bowl, or disappears completely you have a leak in your toilet. Toilets can have silent leaks that are not always noticeable. Repairing a leaking toilet may be as simple as adjusting the equipment in the tank.
Water Conservation Tips
Conservation Tips & Helpful Ways to Save Water & Money
- Repair all leaks in toilets, faucets, and water-using appliances.
- Use washing machines and dishwashers only on full loads.
- Take shorter showers and shallower baths. Showers use more water than baths.
- Turn off water while brushing teeth, shaving, washing dishes, etc.
- Install flow restrictors in faucets and shower heads.
- Reduce number of toilet flushes per day and install water displacement inserts in toilets that use over 1.6 gallons per flush.
- Use sink and tub stoppers.
- Keep bottle of chilled drinking water in refrigerator instead of running the faucet to get a drink.
- Make sure water softeners are working properly.
- Adjust water-using appliances to use minimum amount of water to achieve appliance’s purpose.
- Use a shut-off nozzle when washing your car.
- Plant water-saving plants, trees, and shrubs – particularly native species. Mulch to retain water. Water early in the morning to reduce evaporation.
- Cover your pool or spa to reduce water evaporation.
- Monitor your water bill for unusually high use. Your bill and water meter are tools that can help you discover leaks.