$top Water Waste

In an effort to preserve our most precious natural resource for future generation, consumers are encouraged to be conscience of their water use habits. In the fall and winter months, when sprinkler systems are turned off and swimming pools closed up for the season, attention can be focused indoors – specifically bathrooms, kitchens and appliances that rely on water for operation.

A leaking or running toilet is oftentimes silent and can easily go unnoticed, making the bathroom fixture the greatest cause of domestic water waste. The stream of water that runs into the overflow inside the tank can easily waste 1 gallon of water per minute or 1,440 gallons per day, resulting in 130,000 gallons of water wasted over a 90-day billing cycle. This can significantly impact a quarterly water bill, which is computed using a step rate system that increases the rate as water use goes up. 

Place a few drops of food coloring in the tank. Without flushing the toilet, after 20 minutes, the color will show up in the bowl if there is a leak.

To assess the efficiency of your toilet, check the underside of the tank lid for the date it was manufactured. Toilets made before 1993 use between 3.3 and 8 gallons per flush, where more current toilets use less than 1.6 gallons. If replacing your toilet is not an option, install a toilet dam inside the tank to save 1 to 3 gallons with each flush.

A dripping faucet may seem like an insignificant amount but the volume adds up considerably over time. A faucet that drips every second can waste 8 gallons of water a day or more than 3,000 gallons in one year. That’s reason enough to change the washer and stop the drip.