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Water Trouble Spot Checklist


  • 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