Check for Leaks – Become a Water Detective!
- First…check bathrooms! Toilet leaks can waste 200 to 1,000 gallons of water per day. Check every toilet for leaks by using food coloring or dye tablets (available from the District). Place dye tablets/food coloring in the toilet tanks, wait 15 minutes without flushing. If the dye has entered the bowl, it’s leaking, and it’s in everyone’s best interests to have repairs made immediately.
- Second…check your irrigation system continually. Run it manually once weekly and check each part for leaks including control valves, pop up and stationary sprinkler heads and supply lines.
- Third…listen. Water escaping from your plumbing system usually makes a hissing sound. When your house is quiet (which for most homes may be later in the evening), take a moment to listen.
- Fourth…if you can’t find the source of your leak, call a licensed plumber.
How much water is wasted with a leak?
Find out using this drip calculator. The results may surprise you!
Visit the EPA’s WaterSense Fix a Leak Week 2021 webpage for more information including:
- Checking for Leaks
- Toilet Leaks
- Faucet Leaks
- Showerhead Leaks
- Outdoor Leaks
- In the Workplace
- Leaks Still Flowing?
- Partner Events