Leaks & Other Water Use
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.
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
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"