Does your water bill seem higher than you thought it should be? You may have a leak! To detect unseen pipe leaks, read your water meter. Don't run any water for one hour, then read your water meter again. If the meter has moved, you may have a leak.
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Water consumers can play a large role in ensuring the continued availability of their water supply. Daily indoor per capita water use in the typical single family home is 69.3 gallons. Households can reduce this water use by about 35 percent to 45.2 gallons per day by employing conservation measures.
What can local residents do?
- Don't over-water your lawn, and water early in the morning or at night to avoid excess evaporation.
- Fully load the dishwasher and clothes washer before running them.
- When washing dishes by hand, don't let the water run.
- If you have a swimming pool, use a cover. You will cut the loss of water by evaporation by 90 percent.
- Repair dripping faucets and leaky toilets. Dripping faucets can waste up to 2,000 gallons of water each year in the average home. Leaky toilets can waste as much as 200 gallons per day.
- Don't leave the sink running while you brush your teeth.
- Help preserve the quality of the available water supply by not overusing pesticides and fertilizers, avoiding flushing medications down the toilet or sink, and disposing of hazardous materials properly.