Water Conservation

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Checking For Leaks

The water meter can be used to check for visible or unnoticeable leaks. Check your home for hidden water leaks by turning off all faucets.   Read the dial on the water meter and record reading.  Recheck your meter after a 15-20 minute period.   If the meter dial has changed and does not read exactly the same, a leak is occurring within the plumbing system. 

To determine if your toilet is leaking take these simple steps: Check for toilet tank leaks by removing the tank lid after the toilet has stopped filling.  Check for a visible leak or to hear water running.  Add a few drops of food coloring or a dye capsule/tablet into the toilet tank.  Do not flush the toilet.  If the color appears in the toilet bowl within 10-15 minutes, you have a leak.  Flush as soon as you are done.  Dye may stain the toilet tank.  Check the toilet for worn out, corroded or bent parts.  Most replacement parts are inexpensive and readily available at your local hardware store.