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Water tank on commode:

Seeping feed valve causing overflow

Ball or flap valve not seating

Dye strips are available in the office to assist you in check this area or a few drops of food coloring can be dropped in the tank of your commode. If the color seeps to the bowl, you have a faulting ball or flap. This should be replaced as soon as possible as a leak of this type will increase both water and sewer charges.

Water heater filling or leaking

Dripping faucets in tub, shower, lavatory, sink, outside hydrant leaking etc

Relief valve on water heater open or seeping

Outside faucet open or dripping

Washer or dishwasher feed valve open or seeping

Hose in yard turned on or leaking

Unknown lines in yard or to other outlets

Leaking pipes or fittings in house or in line between the meter and house

Water feed to heating boiler on humidifier

Swimming pool, fishpond, fountain etc.

Water to air conditioning cooling tower running or leaking

Water softener equipment

Any equipment connected to water lines

Service line to out building leaking

Most water meters have a red leak indicator hand. If you have a leak and cannot determine the location, turn your main house valve off and watch the leak indicator hand. If the hand stops turning, you may have a leak on the outlet side of that valve. If the hand continues to turn, you may have a leak between the meter and the main house valve. This will save you valuable time and money when attempting to locate a leak. You are responsible for any leaks that occur on the outlet side of the water meter.

At 40 pounds of pressure...

...100 drops per minute wastes 350 gallons/month
... A 1/32" diameter hole leaks 8.83 gallons/hour or 212 gallons/day
... A 1/4 " diameter hole leaks 565 gallons/hour or 13,652 gallons/day

Water Conservation Tips

Turn off water while you shave or brush your teeth

Fill bathtub half full if you take a bath

Take five-minute showers if you take showers

Install a low-flow shower head

Run a full load of dishes in the dishwasher

Run a full load of laundry if you do hot have adjustable water levels

Install low-flush toilets which use 3.5 gallons per flush or for pre-1980 toilets, which use 5-7 gallons per flush, fill two plastic, one-qt bottles with sand or rocks, cap and place in toilet tank (save 10 or more gallons/day)

20-50% of water used for outdoor landscape either evaporates or runs off.

  • Water lawns and gardens early in morning to reduce evaporation
  • Avoid over-watering
  • Water slowly
  • Use sprinklers that produce large drops
  • Use native plants which usually do not require as much water
  • Use compost and mulch which absorb water


Check your attic for proper insulation and possible gaps around air vents, ducts, plumbing stacks and chimneys that penetrate the attic. Good weather sealing in the attic is especially important.

Check all storm/exterior windows. Make sure all window are in place and caulking around windows and doors is in good condition where frames meet brick or siding.

Look for drafts and gaps in your basement and crawl space.

Arrange for chimney inspections to be completed by the fall.

Purchase a programmable thermostat that allows adjustment of temperature settings according to a pre-set schedule. The savings can be substantial, up to 10 percent with a nightly setback of 4 degrees.

Make sure that cozy fireplace isn't costly too. Close the damper when not in use. Be sure there is no trace of fire or smoke before closing, just to be on the safe side.

Never underestimate the power of a draft. A 1/4 inch gap at the bottom of an exterior door has the effective cooling power of a hole four inches square in the middle of a wall. A well-insulated, well-sealed home keeps cold air out, warm air in and controls moisture. Even a small investment in time and money can make your home more comfortable and make a significant difference in your heating bills.

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