Sign up for a free EyeOnWater account with the City to see your hourly water use and set up leak alerts so you don't have to wait for that monthly water bill to find out how much water you're using!
You can also look for the WaterSense label when buying new products or appliances (like showerheads, faucets, toilets, and dishwashers). When you use these water-saving products in your home or business, you can expect exceptional performance, savings on your water bill, and assurance that you are, in fact, saving water for future generations.
Because minor household leaks account for more than 1 trillion gallons of water wasted each year in U.S. homes, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency developed the WaterSense program to remind citizens to check their household plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems for leaks, and replace old outdated appliances with new, water-efficient ones. For more information on this program, visit the EPA WaterSense website by clicking here.
Look for this label when you're buying new products or appliances.
Find and Fix Leaks
Did you recently receive a high water bill? Do you think you might have a leak? Below are some tips and tricks on finding leaks in your home and what you can do to fix the smaller problems in a matter of minutes.
Checking for Leaks
Look at your water usage during a colder month with your Eye On Water account. If a family of four exceeds 12,000 gallons per month, you may have a leak.
Check your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter changes at all, you probably have a leak.
Identify toilet leaks by placing a dye tablet in the toilet tank. If any color shows up in the bowl after 15 minutes you have a leak. Be sure to flush immediately after the experiment to avoid staining the tank.
Examine faucet gaskets and pipe fittings for any water on the outside of the pipe to check for surface leaks.