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Water Leaks

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Water Leaks 

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:

  1. Begin by turning off all indoor and outdoor faucets, as well as water-using appliances.
  2. Locate your water meter and open the cover to view the meter dial.
  3. 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.
  4. 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).