FIND LEAKS & FIX THEM QUICKLY
- Check faucets to make sure they don't leak or drip. If a faucet drips once a second, it can waste hundreds of gallons a month.
- Remember to check outdoor spigots, as well.
- Check each toilet for leaks by adding food coloring to the tank & waiting 15 minutes. If the food coloring appears in the bowl before you flush, you have a leak. Remember to flush so you don't stain the tank or bowl.
- An unusually high bill may indicate a leak in your underground supply line. The customer usually owns and is responsible for the part of the service line between the meter and the building.
AROUND THE HOME OR BUSINESS
- Maintain your water heater following the manufacturer's instructions.
- Wash only full loads of clothing & set the washing machine to the proper water level.
- Insulate hot water pipes.
- Look for water-efficient filtration or softening systems.
- Energy-efficient appliances are likely to be water-efficient, too.
- Know where your master shut-off valve is located. Be prepared to use it in case of a burst pipe or other emergency.