Water leaks are a major contributor to excess water usage, and that equals a lot of money lost to high utility bills. Try this simple test to see if you have a water leak:
- Begin by turning off all indoor and outdoor faucets, as well as water-using appliances.
- Locate your water meter and open the cover to view the meter dial.
- Either record the position of the sweep hand, or place a piece of tape over the lens cover and mark the location of the sweep hand.
- After 30 minutes of not using any water, check the sweep hand location. If the sweep hand has moved, you may have a leak.
Common sources of household leaks
- Toilets are a leading source of indoor leaks, and often the leaking is silent which makes them harder to detect. Try putting a few drops of food coloring into the tank, and leave it to sit for about a half an hour. If you come back to find some of the food coloring has made its way into the bowl of the toilet, you have a leak.
- Worn out washers can cause faucets and showerheads to become leaky. These small drips can add up to 170 gallons of water each day!
- Check for moist spots around indoor and outdoor plumbing, and – if possible – underneath your house.
Contact Water Resources staff at (360) 754-4140 or visit us at Tumwater City Hall, Public Works counter (basement), 555 Israel Road SW, Tumwater, WA (map).