Is Your House Wasting Water?

‘Minor’ water leaks account for more than one trillion gallons of water wasted annually in the U.S., according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). And high water bills — often caused by water leaks — are the number one customer complaint at Hartselle Utilities.

EPA has designated the third week in March as Fix a Leak Week. “We encourage our customers to check their homes for water leaks,” say Hartselle Utilities General Manager Bob Sittason, “and the EPA’s Fix a Leak Week is a good reminder to do that.”

Common types of leaks include worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and leaking showerheads. All are easily corrected.

Positive that your home does not have a water leak? Sittason offers this tip: check your water meter before and after a two-hour period, when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, you probably have a leak.

“Any water usage in your home, intentional or not, will register on your water meter. If you discover a leak,” Sittason says, “let us know. Major leaks, such as those outside your home, can be very costly. We may be able to adjust your water bill, and make sure that it doesn’t skew the numbers used to calculate your summer sewer cap. ”