Where should I check for leaks?

It is important to find and fix leaks to save water and dollars. Some research indicates that leaks account for 14% of residential water use.

Toilets are one of the most frequent places where leaks occur in residences. To check a toilet for a leak, put some drops of food dye in the toilet tank and wait 15 to 20 minutes without flushing. If the food dye appears in the bowl, there is a leak. Leaks in toilets often happen at the flapper in the bottom of the tank, but a malfunctioning fill valve or high water level in the tank may also cause a leak.

We encourage you to regularly check the following for leaks:

  • Toilets (including the supply line to the toilet tank)
  • Plumbing system pipes, including the private service pipe that carries water from an OWASA meter to a home or business, etc. 
  • Faucets and spigots (indoors and outdoors)
  • Showerheads
  • Water heater
  • Clothes and dishwaters, including pipes and hoses.
  • Irrigation system, if you have one
  • Outdoor hoses
  • Other water-using appliances and fixtures

You can check the OWASA water meter for your home, business, etc. to monitor your water use and do a basic check to see if there is a leak somewhere in your plumbing system. For more information, please click here.

When you find a leak, it should be repaired by someone who knows how to do the work properly. If a leak is not fixed correctly, the result can be more water loss.

When you replace a flapper in a toilet tank, get one for use in water systems that use chloramines for disinfection.

For some basic do-it-yourself information about fixing a leaky faucet, you may wish to do an Internet search for a topic such as "leaky faucets." 

One such website is http://www.doityourself.com/stry/h2repairvalve.

Please click here for our policy on account adjustments after leaks are fixed, subject to some limits and conditions.