Water Saving Tips

Leak Detection

Water Saving Tip

Leak Detection


Locate your water meter. Most meters are in the basement but some are in utility rooms or heated garages. It is important to have the meter in a heated area. Meters vary in style but all have an indicator that spins when water is being used. Turn off everything in the house that you know uses water, then check the meter to see if the dial is spinning. A spinning dial indicates there is a leak somewhere in the building.


Toilets are the most likely cause of water leaks inside the home. To test the toilet, put a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank. Do not flush the toilet. Check the bowl after a few minutes and see if the water has turned colors. If the color has seeped into the bowl, the toilet is leaking and you are paying for water that you are not using. A leak that is the size of a pencil point can cause 74,000 gallons to be wasted during the quarter.


Leaking faucets are wasting up to 2,700 gallons per year, and are easy to see. You may think it's only a drip but over time it adds up and the water is going down the drain.