Do You Have Leaks?

Newer types of water meters have a leak indicator on the face of the dial. It is a triangular or
diamond-shaped indicator that revolves 354 times for every gallon of water that passes through the
meter. (Note: You may see what looks like water on the face of the dial. It is oil that prevents corrosion
and increases the life of the dial mechanism. It does not enter the water supply and does not affect the
quality of the water delivered to the customer.)

To check for leaks, look at the indicator when no one is drawing water. It should not be moving. If it is
moving, check every plumbing fixture at the property, i.e., toilet, sink, outside sprinkler, washer, etc. Shut
off the valves that supply each fixture, one by one, and check the indicator after each shutoff. When
closing a valve stops the indicator from moving, or slows its movement, you have found the location of
a leak. There may be more than one leak!

Be sure to check toilets at the property! Toilet leaks are the most common and are hard to see or hear.
Put food coloring or laundry bluing in the toilet tank and wait 10 minutes. Do not flush the toilet during
this time. If the coloring appears in the toilet bowl, there is a toilet leak. Also, if you hear the toilet
refilling and no one has used it, there is a leak. A major toilet leak can waste 800 cubic feet of water a
day -- which in some areas could cost up to $5.00 for water and $12.00 for sewer each day. That adds
up quickly!

Look for leaky faucets, too. A fast drip from a faucet wastes about 265 gallons a day -- which in some
municipalities would cost 40 cents for water and $ .92 for sewer per day. That's over $40 a month!
Repair leaky faucets and toilets promptly -- do it yourself or call a plumber because these leaks cost

Once the leak is repaired, check the leak indicator again and make sure all leaks are repaired.
How can I tell if I have any water leaks?
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