Stop the Leaks

High Water Bill

A high water bill may indicate you have a leak. Even a small leak can waste enough water for you to notice an increase on your bill. If there is a leak anywhere within your plumbing system, the person named on the utility bill must pay for the water used. Fix your leaks promptly to avoid paying for them each month. Did you know a 1/4" leak wastes 393,833 gallons* in one month:

  • 1/16 inch leak wastes 24,666 gallon (at 60 pounds of pressure) in one month
  • 1/8 inch leak wastes 98,666 gallons (at 60 pounds of pressure) n one month
  • 3/16 inch leak wastes 222,000 gallons (at 60 pounds of pressure) in one month

Suspected Leak

If you suspect you have a leak but can't find one, please contact a plumber.

Finding Water Leaks

Most leaks are easy to find, but some can go undetected. Here are some ideas to help find a water leak in your home:

  1. Toilets
  2. Faucets
  3. Air Conditioner / Humidifier
  4. Water Heater
  5. Water Softener
  6. Dishwasher / Clothes Washer
  7. Water Service Connection
  8. Outside Faucets
  9. Sprinkler Systems
  • Bend the float arm to lower the water level to at least one-half inch below the top of the overflow tube
  • Check the flush handle to see if it is stuck in the flush position
  • Listen and look for running water
  • Put a few drops of food coloring into the tank. Or pick up free dye tablets at the Utility Billing Office located at 625 5th Street. If color shows up in the bowl within ten minutes, the valve or support assembly may need to be replaced
  • Replace the overflow tube if it has holes below the water level
  • See if the ball valve drops squarely into the drain opening. If not, clean it out or replace the ball valve if it is worn