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Leaks & Other Water Use
 
Leaks
 
Leaks could be a significant portion of your indoor water use. According to a study conducted by the American Water Works Association (AWWA), leaks make up about 14% of all indoor water use. Averaged among all the participants in the AWWA study, leaks amounted to nearly 10 gallons per person per day. If you have leaks, fixing them is a great way to save water.


 
How to Detect a Leak
 
First, make sure all water-using devices in your home are not in use. Next, find the water meter in your yard, CAREFULLY remove the lid and locate the meter dial. It should look something like this:
Check to see if the dial is moving. If it is, you either have a leak or something in your home is using water. Go find it! Places to look are toilets (flappers get old and wear out, letting the toilet leak), faucets and under sinks.

If you canít find the leak, you may want to call a professional. The leak could be in a fairly inaccessible spot, and could be worse than you thought!
 
Other Water Use
 
Water is used in various ways from home-to-home. Some examples include swamp coolers, water softeners, water heaters, fish tanks, or other water features. Buy only recirculating water features, not ones with "pass-through" water use.

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Indoor Tip

Perform an annual maintenance check on your evaporative (swamp) cooler. Check for and fix any leaks you find.

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