Common types of leaks found in the home are worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and other leaking valves. Check your monitoring meter to help determine when more water than normal is being used.
Did you know? Leaks account for 14 percent of our water usage.
Helpful hint:putting a few drops of food coloring in the toilet tank can help determine if and where there are leaks.
Install low flow fixtures
Do you know how much water the average faucet uses?
Kitchen sink: 2.2 gallons/minute
Showerhead: 1.5 to 2.5 gallons/minute
Bathroom sink: 1.5 to 2.2 gallons/minute
Did you know?A 15-minute shower with a standard (2.5 gallons/minute) showerhead takes 37 gallons of water. A 15 minute shower with a low-flow showerhead only takes 22 gallons of water. How much water does your morning shower take?
Helpful hint: Look for the EPA WaterSense Logo to ensure low-flow performance.
Install low flow toilets
Not all toilets are made equal.
Standard toilet: 3.5 gallons/flush
Low flow toilet: 1.6 gallons/flush
Dual flush toilet: 0.8/1.6 gallons/flush
Composting toilet: 0 to <0.5 gallons/flush
Did you know?Toilets account for approx. 30% of water used indoors. By installing a Dual Flush toilet you can save between 40% and 70% of drinking water being flushed down the toilet, depending how old the toilet is you are going to replace.
Helpful Hint:Not ready to buy a new toilet? Replacing the water in the tank with a water bottle or milk jug filled with rocks will help reduce the water used.