Water Tips

Detecting Leaks

We want to help our customers keep their bills as correct as possible by reflecting the actual water that is utilized. Leaks in your home can quickly add up to many gallons wasted. If your bill is unusually high, a little investigation can help you save water as well as money. 

To find out if you have a leak, you may want to check:

Sprinkler systems
Check for damaged heads and system leaks.

Indoor and outdoor faucets
Replace worn gaskets and washers.

Dishwasher/Washing machine
Check for drips or stains beneath or behind your dishwasher and clothes washer.

A leak in your toilet can waste several thousand gallons of water each year. Usually you can not hear the  leak because it runs slowly out of the tank.
To discover if your toilet is leaking, lift off the lid of the toilet tank. Place 3 or 4 drops of ordinary food coloring into the tank. (Do not use dye, it could stain). Do not flush or otherwise disturb the toilet for about one hour or longer. At the end of the waiting period, observe the toilet bowl. If the color you placed into the tank shows up in the bowl, you have a leak.


Water Conservation Tips

During the hot summer months, water usage rises. People are filling pools, watering gardens and lawns, washing cars, and just using more water in general. Here are some tips to help you conserve water and save money:

  • Run washing machines only when the loads are full, or adjust the water level to the amount of the load. If you have a water saving cycle, use it.
  • Before putting dishes in the dishwasher, scrape them instead of rinsing.
  • Water lawns and landscapes only when needed. To get the most out of your usage, water in the early morning or late evening.
  • Try using drip irrigation hoses to water your plants.
  • Set your lawnmower blade one notch higher to make your lawn more drought tolerant. 
  • Instead of using water to clean off your driveway, use a broom.