Water is our precious resource and we can all agree on the importance of conserving it. Thankfully, each of us can do our part to help such as, making sure the water fixtures in our homes are running efficiently. Water leaks are common, but we might not notice them, so we need to look for them.

According to the EPA, “It is estimated that ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more PER DAY.” Worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and damaged valves are common ways water can escape. The good news is many of these leaks can be fixed easily and inexpensively.

You can do your part by routinely looking for signs of water leaks and then getting them fixed. One way is to monitor your water bill and be aware how much water you are using. If you see a spike in use, that may indicate a water leak. Also, once or twice a year, it is a good idea to check all water fixtures, like faucets and toilets, to see if there are any problems. And, don’t forget that outside water spigot or irrigation system.

One last suggestion is to check the leak indicator on your water meter. First, make sure you are not running any water or using any appliances like a dishwasher or washing machine. Then, head to your water meter in your basement. You might need a flashlight to help you see a small red triangle or diamond shape on the face of the meter. It should be still. If it is moving, that means water is running somewhere. For more ideas, check out this issue’s infographic.

Step 1: Remove the tank lid.

Step 2: Place 10 drops of food coloring in the tank.

Step 3: Replace lid and do not flush.

Step 4: Check in 20 minutes. If the food coloring shows up in the bowl, you have a leak.

Fix a Leak- infographic