According to the EPA, the average household wastes more than 10,000 gallons of water each year as a result of leaks. That’s enough water to wash 270 loads of laundry. Even small leaks like a faucet that drips at the rate of one drop per second can waste nearly 3,000 gallons of water per year. It adds up – sending both water and money down the drain.
But there are ways to limit the amount of water wasted and lower your water bills by checking for leaks in your home, tightening and repairing the leaks you can find, or replacing your faucets and showerheads with newer, water-efficient versions. It’s a small amount of time to invest for big savings.
The first step toward improving the water efficiency in your home is to check for leaks, and the EPA has created a list of areas to check and even how to check them for leaks:
1). Check your water bill
If your home uses more than 12,000 gallons of water in the winter, it’s likely you have a water leak. Also, if you spot an unexplained spike in your water usage in any given month, an undiscovered leak is almost certainly the culprit.
2.) Read your water meter
First, find the water meter in your home. It’s likely on the outside of your house on the side that faces the curb. Once you find the meter, read the numbers while no water is in use. Be sure not to intentionally run any water in your home for at least two hours. After two hours, check your meter again, and if those numbers changed, you probably have a leak.
3.) Test your toilet
Put a few drops of food coloring into the tank at the back of your toilet and let it sit for 10 minutes. If color shows up in the toilet bowl, you have a leak. Be sure to flush after the test to avoid staining.
4.) Review the EPA’s leak-detecting checklist
The EPA has put together a very helpful checklist that you can use to walk through your home and look for water-wasting leaks.
Check it out here: https://www3.epa.gov/watersense/docs/detect-and-chase-down-checklist.pdf