The normal reaction for most residents when they receive a high water bill is to blame their water meter or the water utility. Although these may be causes, it is most likely that a dripping faucet or a leaky toilet may instead be the perpetrator. Statistics show that an average American uses 60 gallons of water every day. Over 13% of that is due to leaks. To avoid these problems faucets should be checked twice a year, indoors and out. Replace worn-out fixtures, washers, and hose connections. Be sure that faucets are turned off firmly. To check for toilet leaks, add food coloring to the tank and wait a few minutes. If the color appears in the toilet without flushing, the flapper valve should be replaced. Below are statistics that show the amount of water and money wasted by leaks in the home.
A 1/32-inch leak wastes 170 gallons in 24 hours
A 1/16-inch leak wastes 600 gallons in 24 hours
A 1/8-inch leak wastes 2500 gallons in 24 hours
At $1.60 per thousand gallons of water plus $3.86 per thousand gallons for sewage charges, the smallest of these leaks will add over $335 to your annual water bill.