Water Billing Potential Issues
Roughly 95% of high water bill problems are caused by a leaking toilet flapper valve (the black orb in your toilet tank). Over time this valve will distort and cause water to run, often it is unheard or unnoticed until the water bill is received by the customer.
Other factors to look for before your water bill is received:
Listen to the toilet tank by placing your ear very near the toilet to check if there is any water running.
Check the bronze colored water meter for any unusual movement of the dials that measure water usage.
To avoid periodic leak situations, manually write down the meter read on a daily basis (once every 24 hours) for a period of 7 days to ensure a consistent recording of your water usage.
A family of four uses about 320 gallons of water a day or 116,800 gallons a year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Approximate amounts of water required for typical household activities:
Tips To Save Water:
- Use a low-flow showerhead.
- Take showers instead of baths. A ten minute shower with a low-flow showerhead uses half the water of a regular bath.
- If your shower takes a while to heat up, and you have to let the water run, put buckets in the shower to capture the water for watering plants, washing vegetables, water for pets, or washing your car and bike.
- Get a small sand timer that lasts about 3 minutes and keep it in the shower. Most people can shower in six minutes.
- Install aerators on faucets.
- Install a low-flow toilet. If you have a standard toilet, put a toilet dam in the tank. Do not use a brick which will disintegrate and clog your pipes.
- Fix all leaks, inside and out. Test for a leaking toilet by adding food coloring to the tank (not the bowl). Without flushing, note if any color appears in the bowl after 30 minutes.
- Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily. In other words, don't use it for garbage. Dispose of tissues, insects, and other similar waste in the trash rather than the toilet.
- Install landscape irrigation and replace lawns with drought-tolerant plants.
- Don't let the water run when washing, brushing, and shaving. Turn it on and off as needed.
- Wash your laundry and dishes when you have a full load.