Things you can check when you feel your water bill is high:
- Check your toilet for leakage – Place a couple drops of Blue or Red food coloring in the toilet tank. If the color shows up in the bowl within 15 minutes without flushing, you have a leak.
- Please make sure to flush immediately after the experiment to avoid staining the tank.
- Check your faucets in your kitchen and bathrooms for any leakage. A leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year. That’s the amount of water needed to take more than 180 showers!
- Check your water meter face reading. Write down the meter face value, then after 2 hours of no water use re-read the meter. If the reading does not match exactly the previous read then you probably have a leak.
The Average Home Uses More Than 200 Gallons of Water Per Day!
An average of 8% of all home water use is through leaks.
Turning off the water while you brush your teeth can save 4 gallons of water a minute. That is 200 gallons a week for a family of four.
Turning off the water while you shave can save more than100 gallons of water a week.
Fixing a leak can save 500 gallons of water each month. Every toilet flush you eliminate can save between two and seven gallons of water. Having a slow leak repaired could save you around 600 gallons a month (A toilet flapper stuck in a wide open position can waste around 3,000 gallons per day!)
Taking showers instead of baths can save 30 gallons of water. Filling the bathtub uses about 50 gallons of water.
Keeping your shower under 5 minutes can save up to 1000 gallons a month.
Turning off the water while shampooing and conditioning your hair can save 50 gallons a week.
Using a water-saving shower head can save your family 500 gallons a week.
Running your dishwasher and washing machine only when they are filled can save 1,000 gallons a month.
Choosing a water-saving model when replacing a washing machine can save up to 20 gallons per load.
Using a hose nozzle and turning off the water while you wash your car can save more than 100 gallons of water.
By introducing submetering for water, the average household saves between 20-40% on their annual water consumption.